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MOPTI adidas nmd xr4 pas cher , Mali, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- A calm acceptance kind of "whatever happens, happens" reigned over Mopti, a poor river- island city in central Mali, one day after the release of provisional results of the country's presidential election giving Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) a five-year term with absolute majority.
Among residents who proudly called their city "Venice of Mali," the trauma is still palpable when they mentioned their hair- breadth escape from conflicts in January last year as Islamic rebels sandstormed southward till Konna, a small town 55 km to the north of Mopti, before being driven back by international intervention.
For the destitute populations here, a new president might talk about inclusive dialogue with northern separatists or vow to brush off the nightmare scenario of conflicts adidas nmd xr1 pas cher femme , but a quick return to normal life with flourishing tourists is surely no easy words that politicians dare to promise.
TOURISTS COME BACK IN DROPS
"Tourists have been shunning our region for at least four years. No whites came for tours, except occasionally a few journalists. I survived by doing small jobs here and there," said Hamidou Guindo, a young man in his 30s who proposed "professional touristic services" for Xinhua reporters, showing his guide card issued by the Office of Tourism of Mpoti and adding that all of his 60-over colleagues share the same difficulties.
"Before the conflicts, during good seasons in December and January when roads were not ruined by rains and climate was agreeable, I would be happily busy working with tourists without a single day of rest," said Hamidou Guindo.
Lying at the junction of the Niger and Bani Rivers, Mopti used to be a must stay for pilgrims of the Malian culture. One hour of road to its south adidas nmd xr1 pas cher , lies Djenne, where hosts a grand mosque built with earthen material, the biggest one of its kind across the sub- Saharan Africa.
About 580 km to its east, is Gao, a very important archeological center for African history. Askia, who created the biggest and the last Songhoi Empire, was buried there. His grave, built in 1595 with a unique architecture, is listed in the Humanity World Heritage.
Then 410 km to its north adidas nmd r2 pas cher femme , Timbuktu stretches in the middle of dunes. As a hub of the Saharan trade in the middle-ages, the city shelters several libraries where ancient Arabic manuscripts are kept. In 1988, its three main mosques, together with the tombs and mausoleums of the saints were declared World Heritage Sites.
Restored mainly in the 2000s by the Malian government supported by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, most of cultural sites in northern Mali could have enjoyed a better visibility and received more visitors, if the political-military crisis had been saved, Lassana Cisse, director of Mali's National Patrimony told Xinhua.
"In fact, ever since the 2003 Sahara hostage crisis adidas nmd r2 pas cher , the number of tourists in Mali has started plunging," he said, "it hit the bottom with recent conflicts when radical Islamists took over the north and destroyed 12 of 18 historic and religious landmarks in Timbuktu that are classified as World Heritage," he deplored.
As to the region of Mopti (79 km2, 1.6 million people out of 16. 2 for the whole country), it used to receive 100,000 to 125,000 international tourists or 50 percent to 60 percent of the national total each year, according to Mr. Moctar Ba adidas nmd r1 pas cher femme , regional director of Mali's national Office of Tourism.
Mostly Europeans, with growing numbers of Russians, Japanese and Chinese, these international tourists usually spent 2.5 nights in the region of Mopti and their all-together spending amounted to a revenue of 19 to 23 billions francs CFA (38 to 46 million U.S. dollars) each year, he added.
The negative impact is too huge to be neglected. During the night from Friday and Saturday, the well-equipped Ganaga Hote built in the 1980s by the French group Sofitel, received no more than four customers, two journalists and two American volunteers.
"Tourists are coming back, in drops. As the new authorities are to be put into place adidas nmd r1 pas cher , we can reset the count to zero and expect more tourists to flow in," Jacques Saye, bar attendant of the hotel, told Xinhua.
"Thank God, we'll start get out of the crisis gradually, which gives birth to the hope of rebound of tourism," echoed Moctar Ba.
ETHNIC DISTRUST DIES HARD
However, Hamidou Guindo, the tourist guide who claimed to know everywhere in the region adidas nmd human race pas cher femme , expressed an ambivalent optimism.
"No Tuareg is to be seen here. They all fled. And light-skinned foreigners should not band their heads to get shelter from the sun, otherwise they will be taken as Tuaregs," he said.
He referred to a tiny group of Tuaregs who used to live in a small village on one of Mopti's three islands. Ever since the beginning of conflicts in January last year, they had fled to the north or the neighboring Boukina Faso, for fears of being retaliated by other ethnicity in the area.
"Tourists would like to visit these Tuaregs' camp. Now even our Tuaregs fear to come back home, how can foreign tourists be assured that Mali is safe?" asked another tourist guide who insisted that he does not support Tuaregs's request of autonomy but prefers to keep his name secret for "security reason."
What Mopiti lives mirrors the long existing ethnic tensions in Mali. Deriving its name from the Fulla word for gathering, Mopti is home to many ethnic residents, including Bambara, Songhai adidas nmd human race pas cher , Fula, Tuaregs, Bellasha, Bozos and Dogon, among others.
Unconscious or joking expressions of disdains by one ethnic group towards another frequently came to amused if not shocked ears. For example, a man of Bozo told Xinhua, as first settlers in the area, Bozos have a right to decide which group do the fishing, which make canoe adidas nmd city sock pas cher femme , and no group should touch another's business, a saying angrily contested by people from other gro
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