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Now my time machine has brought me to Mali in 1982.

This is from the UNESCO World heritage city of Djenné in the south-central part of the country. Djenné is mainly famous for its large mosque made of mud and straw, but the entire older part of the city has a reputation for outstanding traditional architecture.

I have posted several photos from Djenné before, like this one of the mosque and this more general city view.

In this photo you can see a part of the mosque in the background. It was taken early in the morning, when the light was still rather pale and weak and the colours hadn't received the intensity of later in the day. I think the colours in this scanned photo are actually quite correct, as they really were at that time of the day.

Here is a larger version.

Mali has never been a very easy country for travellers. The distances are often very long and communications are sparse and slow and uncomfortble. But in 1982 it was a very safe and friendly country, the total opposite to the conditions today, when basically the entire country should be avoided because of the danger posed by militant islamists or separatists.

Djenné is partly surrounded by water, and access to the city is limited, so as far as I know it hasn't yet been attacked. But terrorist groups roam the surrounding countryside, so safety can't be guaranteed. In a WS you can see just how few persons or vehicles that could enter the city at any time in 1982.

Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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