10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mali’s Independence

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Written by Becca Blond

Mali celebrates its independence from France on Sep 22 each year – 2014 marks 55 years – with parades, speeches and traditional dance performances. But all is not well in this landlocked West African country, perhaps most famous as the home of Timbuktu, that is one of the world’s poorest countries. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Mali after the French took over, and finally left.

Sources: BBC News, Al Jazeera, About.com, A Global World