Je suis paix et progres

Je suis paix et progrès 

Je suis un blanc, je suis un noir, je suis un homme,

Je suis une femme, je suis un vieux, je suis une vieille, Je suis un enfant

Je suis un maure, je suis un berbère, Je suis un arabe, je suis un tamashek

Je suis le soudan, je suis l’orient, je suis le Maghreb.

Je suis un commerçant, je suis un négociateur

Je transite par les frontières, je transporte les merveilles.

Je suis l’azalai, je suis la caravane, je suis le sel gemme

Je suis l’homme du désert en toute joie sans haine.

Je suis le berger, je donne le lait au voyageur, j’égorge pour mes invités.

Je suis alkhaima (tente), je donne l’abri pour la causerie et le divertissement avec deux verres de thé et le tajine.

Je cultive la cohésion sociale, j’enseigne le respect, je prône la paix.

Je suis pleine de générosité, opposition sans animosité, dialogue lumineux de culture

J’enseigne patience et endurance, j’enseigne le courage de braver la chaleur ardente et la vertu de supporter.

Je lutte contre la mauvaise habitude, je lutte contre la prise d’otage, je lutte contre le terrorisme.

Je suis le négateur de chantages, je suis au centre de défis, je suis le cœur battant de la société

Je suis le rythme, je suis la mélodie, je suis la voix de joies.

Je suis moi, je suis l’autre, je suis le diatiguie.

Ecoutez ! Écoutez donc, je suis Taoudénit, je suis née Malienne, je vis Malienne, je reste Malienne.

And the winner is: KAYES

What a game yesterday!After an initial lead of the Bamako team in the first half, Kayes won 2:1 in the end. What a joy to see a good game with fairplay , elegance and determination. All participants were very happy and we shall see how Taoudeni and Segou will encounter each other today. On est ensemble! Ir go tchere bande (Sonrhai)! Naa dew (Tamacheq), Nachnu ma’an (Arabic),Amenjogonfe (Bambara) !

Learning, learning,learning

This afternoon we had a full session with all participants on what causes conflicts , how to address them and the role of every individual to find solutions. In addition, humanitarian principles and access, targeting of humanitarian assistance and negotiation were also part of the group reflections. Everyone agreed: solidarity, transparency, social cohesion, education and respect are needed to deal effectively with the roots of conflicts. And those roots are deep and include the sense of marginalization and exclusion , discrimination in access to services and support. Everyone was very engaged and within the group we spoke 14 languages, which reflects the diversity of the participants.

Great start

What an evening! Wonderful opening words from Mr. Diakaridia Diakite, Representative of the Min. of sports, the DSRSG of MINUSMA, JO Adamson, UNESCO Representative, Herve Huot- Marchand, by Iedarelief Representative, Benjamin Takinga encouraging the participants to play fair, to get to know each other and to learn from each other. Yacouba Magassouba’s marionettes impressed everyone and we heard a wonderful poem about humanity and how we are all the same from our Taoudeni team. So proud of this initiative!

2nd Edition of the Football cup will open today

Today is the big day! While the flight from Timbuktu is late with our players from the Taoudeni region, the bus from Segou had technical problems and will also be late, we are however looking forward to the official pressconference at 1700 h under the leadership of the Minister of Sports , H.E. Jean Claude Sidibe with all partners (UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNAIDs, MIKADO, MINUSMA, UNESCO, OCHA, SFCG, IEDArelief, UNHCR, PBSO, Belgium Embassy) and opening ceremony later today! Tomorrow will be the first game between Kayes and Bamako in the Mamadou Konate Stadium in Ntomikorobougou! All invited! Watch this space for information!