I have been trying to assist a small NGO group that has been working with a Malian Touareg tribe for the last 25 years. They directly assist with water,agricultural, educational and cultural projects. One of coordinators is one of my oldest and best friends. He actually led a caravan of donkeys across the Sahara and made a documentary which was shown in the USA on PBS and the History Channel called Donkey Caravan to Timbuktu. I would have loved to post it, but at this time, to post it and give it too much internet presence would mark the tribesmen in documentary for death. Just this last weekend, the Algerian Islamist Al Qaeda Coalition AQMI effectively seized control of 2/3 of Mali. The Touaregs had been leading the opposition to the AQMI coup d’etat. The immediate need is to get as many of these people out of Mali as quickly as possible. My friends are on the ground in Mauritania and Burkina Faso setting up camps, but they desperately need the basic tools for survival. Food, transportation and fuel.
On my blog, thebrainpolice, I have tried to provide as much background as I can safely get away with. We have also established a PayPal donations site. The button is on the side of my blog. There is also a link for a great cd called Music for Desert Refugees released earlier this summer by the English label Glitterhouse. Malian music is world reknown and the proceeds from this project go directly to 2 other NGO groups working on the ground in both Mauritania and Burkina Faso. If you donate anything, a few bucks…you will be saving lives and I humbly thank you.
I realize that we all so much on our plates these days, but any donation will be used by people who know how to make your donation work to save lives now. Time is of the essence here.