In Mali, dreams and sadness for the Sahel express

An aerial view showing the train station in Bamako on October 21, 2019. PHOTO | MICHELE CATTANI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Not a single train has travelled on the line connecting the capitals of Mali and Senegal since May 17, 2018.
  • In 2003, the railway was privatised. One after another, Canadian, US and French interests all chanced their arm but even this failed.
  • The problems of the Bamako-Dakar line mirror those of other great lines in West Africa, from Benin to Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast



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