Mali 2005

Africa

Yearbook 2005

Mali. According to countryaah, Bamako is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Mali. Mali was severely affected by the same famine as other countries in the region, however, without being noticed in foreign media as much as neighboring Niger. More than 1 million residents were described as chronically malnourished and needed food assistance throughout the year to avoid starvation. Large parts of the harvest had been destroyed by drought and grasshopper attacks in 2004. The food shortage led to sharp price increases for important staple goods. Corn was 65% more expensive than in 2004, while the price of sorghum increased by more than 50%, making both goods inaccessible to the vast majority of the population.

Bamako

Bamako, the capital of Mali, West Africa; 1.8 million residents (2009). approximately half of Mali’s urban population lives here. When French colonists occupied this semi-arid area on the west bank of the Niger River in 1880, there were a group of villages with a few hundred residents. The Dakar Railway in Senegal was opened in 1924; Bamako thus gained access to the sea and became an important traffic hub. The river is connected to the interior of the country when it is navigable (about June-December). Nomad people stand for a lot of trade, and the city has a large market. On a high plateau, the French built administrative buildings; here is also the presidential palace, and the place has a nice view of the city’s many low houses and the Niger River.

The city, like many major cities in the developing world, has recurring electricity problems, but an expansion of electricity generation is underway.