GEOGRAPHY Mali has a lot of dry desert upnorth and the south has manylakes and rivers. The Niger River isthe main river in Mali. Rockformations are common up north.About only 10% of Mali is used forcrops. Mali is in a Desert or Semi-Desert climate zone. The averagetemperatures in Mali are October– February 77 degrees Fahrenheitand June – September is 81degrees Fahrenheit.
MAJOR LANGUAGESSPOKEN IN MALI• French ( used by the government )• Bambara• And other Native languages
HISTORYThe first people in Mali were theempire of Ghana. Then it wasinvaded by the Muslim Almoravids( who were the next rulers).Mandinka empire replaced theMuslim Almoravids. Mandika werethe most wealthy and powerfulempire in the 14th century. In the15th century they fell to the Sonhai .Late in the 19th century Malibecame a French colony it stayedthat way until 1960 when theybecame independent.
PROBLEMMali is being attacked by Islamicmilitants that are trying to take overGao, Mali. They want everyone in Malito be very strict Islamic people. Themilitants are being very violent andusing dangerous weapons. Malianmilitary is failing to fix the problem so theFrench came to help but they are goingto be withdrawn in April.
SOLUTIONS•One solution for the problem ofMali is to split the country in half. If Isplit the country in half then theIslamic Militants would get a say ingovernment in one of thecountries. Other countries couldpromote their strict Muslim peopleto join the Islamic Militants newcountry.•Another solution could be to askfor help from other regionalcountries to defend thegovernment and its people and tohelp compromise with the Islamicmilitants.
FINAL SOLUTIONI have decided to go with my first solution ofsplitting the country in half. This will allow theIslamic people to have a say in thegovernment of one of the countries. Old Mali artwork