So much sad news comes to us from Timbuktu and the Desert in the last couple of weeks, that I wanted to share some pictures I took from happier times in this beautiful country and of these beautiful people when I was there covering the Festival of the Desert!
For the moment being the festival cannot take place outside of Timbuktu any longer, but the festival organizers are trying to find a location in neighboring state of the Sahara Desert.
I am not alone in the hope that the North of Mali will again be released from the hands of the islamist fighters and be free again.
For those of you who are not familiar with what is happening in the North of Mali at this moment, here is an article that explains it:
If you would like to see the full set of photos please follow this link: