Pulitzer grantee Joshua Hammer's new book tells the story of the "Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu" and their race to save the world’s most precious manuscripts.
Fanta Kanté has been working as a traditional practitioner of female genital cutting in Mali for over 60 years. Although she would like to quit, financial circumstances make that a difficult choice.
Fanta Kanté cannot remember exactly how many girls she has cut in her lifetime, but she wants to stop.
Men and women across Mali have devoted their lives to the movement to end female genital cutting. Here one woman explains her very personal reasons for joining this fight.
Laws about female genital cutting in Europe and the U.S. can benefit Malian migrants. But when they return home, there is palpable tension between their new lives and Mali's cultural beliefs.
It was a hushed-up contract for one of Africa’s biggest land deals, signed with the backing of two authoritarians who have since been deposed. Naturally, I wanted a copy.
A series of small changes—a wall to capture rainwater, expanded vegetable gardens and more efficient wood stoves—are helping families eke out an existence in one of the world's poorest countries.
Malian farmer Balima Coulibaly and his fellow villages aren't sure what will happen now that their land has been sold to Libya. They fear displacement following one of Africa's biggest land deals.
In 2001, two unlikely friends created a music festival in Mali that drew the likes of Bono and Robert Plant. Then radical Islam tore them apart.
Mali agreed to lease Libya 100,000 hectares of farmland in a 2008 agreement called the Malibya project. The deal has been controversial as local farmers believe they could be displaced.
Urban farmers in Bamako are growing food on some of the most expensive land in Mali's capital in what they call a "land occupation."
Rainfall has dropped by 30 percent since 1998 in the West African country, leaving nearly 2 million in need of food aid.
Female genital cutting affects more than nine out of ten of women in Mali. Those working to end the practice must walk a fine line between preserving culture and protecting women.
In 2009, Libya bought 100,000 hectares of prime territory in Mali in what critics consider a "land grab". With both countries facing instability: who controls the farm land now?
In 2012, Jihadists occupied two-thirds of Mali, creating the world's most dangerous terrorist sanctuary. This is the story of how it happened, and how a few brave individuals tried to outwit them.
Several African countries are preemptively treating children for malaria after trials found the measure drastically lowers deaths. Will on-the-ground results be as promising?
In northern Mali, far from Western eyes, a powerful Al Qaeda affiliate has managed to carve out what is effectively a new country. What they do with it will determine the future of the war on terror.
Europeans drew Africa’s borders long ago. Today these lines are often deserted and sometimes dangerous. Mali is the legacy: A crumbling state, rump of ancient empire between desert and forest.
In the heart of the Sahara Desert and amidst of some of the world’s biggest uranium reserves, terrorists, smugglers and bandits threaten to seize control of northern parts of Mali and Niger.
Journalists Eleanor Bell and Will Fitzgibbon discuss the process behind "Fatal Extraction," the ICIJ investigation about Australian mining companies in Africa.
What happens when investors look for land deals in Africa? Journalist Chris Arsenault looks at what is happening to the Libyan government's 100,00 hectare land grab in Mali.
Joshua Hammer discuses his experience in Mali while working on his project, "Taking Timbuktu: Music, Manuscripts and Madness at the Edge of the Sahara."
In Mali children are given anti-malarials to prevent the disease. Use on a large scale is leading to drug-resistant strains of malaria, yet health workers say the benefits outweigh the risks.
Peter Chilson discusses his project on the borders of French West Africa, including his time in Mali during a coup d'etat.
Both men and women want to end the practice of female genital mutilation, according to new data released by UNICEF.
The Thomson Reuters journalist wins the award for coverage of humanitarian and development aspects of the U.N. and U.N. agencies.
International media organizations nominate 'Fatal Extraction' for innovation in multimedia storytelling.
Reporters in one of the largest ever journalistic collaborations in Africa spent months unearthing court records and hushed-up government audits to tell human stories of mining's impacts in Africa.
Students journey across the globe to report on issues that matter—from migration to global health and indigenous land rights.
With our new educational game, travel to the historic city of Timbuktu, Mali, where you report on the ancient manuscripts housed there.
Inadequate medical care, substandard sanitation, and counterfeit drugs are just some of the reasons why malaria continues to claim millions of lives worldwide. Could chemoprevention be the answer?
In February, Pulitzer Center grantee Josh Hammer boarded a UN flight to Kidal, becoming the first journalist to visit the bleak outpost in the Malian desert since last November.
Earlier this year, Yochi Dreazen traveled to northern Mali, where government troops and French special forces were battling a growing network of jihadists for control of a vast desert territory.
Presidential election in Mali an important turning point for a traditionally democratic country struggling to recover from a military coup and an Islamist insurgency.
Tom Hundley shares this weeks reporting on the rare manuscripts smuggled from inside Timbuktu's hallowed libraries, child laborers in Burkina Faso and a conflict free tin mining initiative in the DRC.
The neighborhood of garishly opulent mansions is aptly known to locals as "Cocainebougou," or Cocaine Town. It stands as testament to the sudden collapse of Mali.