MALI: Four for Togetherness

During the Middle Ages there rose in West Africa a kingdom of warlike tribes that came to be known as the Empire of the Mali (rhymes with Bali). Among its greatest rulers was a crippled boy named Sundiata Keita, who survived the murder of his eleven brothers and ascended the throne in 1230, to build a realm that was eventually to cover what is now Guinea, Senegal, the French Sudan and Ghana. Last week one of Sundiata's descendants, the Sudan's Modibo Keita, was in Dakar, capital of Senegal, as one of the architects of a modern revival of the...

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