Giorgia Nicatore (Mali)


Giorgia Nicatore

Giorgia Nicatore (Sini Sanuman in Mali): Italian by birth, Giorgia grew up in Belgium. Before her fellowship, she studied the philosophy of war at King's College London. She also worked in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau where she discovered the power of local peace-building. Giorgia took a semester off from studying for a Master's in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University in Washington to work in Mali. After her fellowship Giorgia wrote: “Six months in Mali and I don’t want to leave. I am not tired. I have found wonderful friends and accomplices in this city, in this country; I feel that this project, that I am fortunate to be part of, has the potential to have a real impact, and indeed already has.” gnicatore@advocacynet.org



05 Dec

Six months: Mali ô Mali, on est toujours là!

Today marks my six months in Mali. I arrived to Bamako on the night between June 4th and 5th, I didn’t know what to expect from this adventure, the night was hot and humid, and as soon as I made it to my room at The Sleeping Camel, it began storming. I remember being thirsty […]

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Posted Dec 05, 2014

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18 Nov

News from Bamako

I didn’t want to have to do this, but I think it may be good to inform and reassure the supporters of the Advocacy Project. While the news hasn’t quite reached all four corners of the world, unfortunately Mali has become the fourth West African country with an active Ebola outbreak

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Posted Nov 18, 2014

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03 Nov

Calm amongst the chaos: embroidery

Eleven thirty AM in Bamako, Mali. News of civil unrest in neighbouring Burkina Faso and the end of Blaise Compaoré’s 27-year rule dominate conversations everywhere, taking over from an intense week of debating over the incubation period of the Ebola virus, following the news of a two-year old girl’s death by Ebola in the north-western […]

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Posted Nov 03, 2014

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18 Oct

Better late than never

I have no excuse for not having written a blog for over a month, except the usual: I was busy. And this time, I really really was. It all started with our German partners and funders, who required a first interim report last month (one every month and a half), which, as you can imagine, […]

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Posted Oct 18, 2014

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10 Sep

Allez les aigles!

As I write our first report to our German partners in the office, allow me to move away from my usual blog posts about work, and make blog number 11 (you’ll get it in a second) a post about something I rarely (if ever) talk about: football. People have defined football (and I mean “soccer”, […]

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Posted Sep 10, 2014

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05 Sep

News from Bamako

Last week Sini Sanuman officially opened its reintegration centre in Bamako.After countless hours of searching for a suitable location and qualified trainers, assembling beds and setting up sewing machines, the centre finally welcomed its beneficiaries, thirty women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, for the first full day of training. The women immediately began their […]

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Posted Sep 05, 2014

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26 Aug

By H3J1U

This story comes from Bourem, Gao region, Northern Mali. By H3J1U “I was at home alone with my mum that Thursday, and it was around noon when two rebels showed up at our door with guns. They were shouting “where are the men”. My mum replied saying that we were alone, and that my father […]

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Posted Aug 26, 2014

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20 Aug

South

“I have mixed feelings”, my friend told me last night. “Sometimes I think Bamako is full of life, vibrant and exciting”. “Other times”, he went on to say, “I think it’s a disaster”. Bamako has been defined as one of the fastest growing African cities, and it is definitely noticeable. Although most big cities in […]

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Posted Aug 20, 2014

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03 Aug

Dear diary…

Wednesday, July 23rd Zaliha O. Maiga, one of Sini Sanuman’s animators, hands me her left hand before walking away from the office in downtown Bamako. A left hand handshake symbolises an incumbent long journey, all the while retaining the hope of a future reunion. Zaliha is always upbeat, focused, bubbly, and hopelessly determined to teach […]

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Posted Aug 03, 2014

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20 Jul

Reality and gender-based violence in Mali

As a student of conflict resolution and as a former student of war studies I always knew, and I suppose I always hoped, that one day I would come to experience working in a conflict setting. Living in Bamako does not quite qualify as that, but the reality is that Mali is a country at […]

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Posted Jul 20, 2014

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04 Jul

Crossing bridges

July 1st came and left, and field activities haven’t begun yet. As I mentioned in “North”, zivik’s money is late and Sini Sanuman cannot start implementing the programme with no funds. It’s a little distressing, our hands are tied and I feel a little powerless in the face of these issues. Ideally, the bank will […]

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Posted Jul 04, 2014

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28 Jun

North

I am struggling to keep sane and deal with the numerous tech-related issues that this Friday night decided to offer, but I’m also determined to write post #4 today. I’m sitting in Broadway Café (Badalabougou branch, there’s two!), where a power generator is delighting us with electricity, while the rest of the quartier seems to […]

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Posted Jun 28, 2014

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15 Jun

On Bamako, the office, and reflections thereupon.

This is a short blog post, my thoughts are fairly scattered. Before I find a way to convey them coherently, I better stick to just a couple of paragraphs. Sunday in Bamako, ten days in. Ups and downs as predicted, interesting experiences all the way. From lunches with my co-workers, to meetings at UNICEF, to […]

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Posted Jun 15, 2014

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06 Jun

Mali, day 1 (+1)

Hello world, Bamako here. My intention was to write about my very first impressions on day one, except I quickly realised my colossal failure to into account just HOW TIRED I would be. So here I am, day 1 + 1 in Bamako. And still no photos, I have to get used to taking my […]

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Posted Jun 06, 2014

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29 May

Mali, ô Mali!

- Me, they married me. The first night, my husband came. The second night, another husband came. And the third night, yet another one. It was like this until the end of the week, when the first one came again. He thanked me for his friends. And then he hit me. – Why did he […]

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Posted May 29, 2014

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