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In late February 1982 I spent about a week in northern Mali. It was one of the poorest and least developed parts of the world I have ever been to, surpassed only one year later by what is now South Sudan. But because people were generally nice and friendly I didn't feel so bad after all. Just hungry, thirsty and dirty.

After Timbuktu and Diré I spent a day (actually an afternoon, a full day, and a morning) in the remote town of Goundam, hoping to be able to catch a flight out of the region. There were no restaurants or cafés, so the only food I had were the leftovers from the hostel caretaker's meals, basically rice and cooked vegetables. I quenched my thirst with carefully boiled water from the nearest river.

In my diary I described central Goundam as quite pretty, consisting of mud houses surrounding a market place in an old fortress on a low hill next to a white mosque.

This is what you see in today's main photo. I have earlier posted another photo from the same street:

https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Africa/Mali/North/Tombouctou/Goundam/photo1402087.htm

WS #1 will show you the fortress, in WS #2 you can see how I was finally "saved" from northern Mali.

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