Author Archives: peterchilson

My Foreign Policy piece “Lost City” on NPR’s “Must Read” program.

Tina Brown’s Must-Reads: Modern Warfare by NPR STAFF (The Link: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/18/156901301/tina-browns-must-reads-modern-warfare) Listen to the Story Morning Edition July 18, 2012 Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast andNewsweek, tells us what she’s been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call “Word … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso: A Small West African Country Struggles to Bring Peace to Mali

Burkina Faso: A Small West African Country Struggles to Bring… PETER CHILSON, FOR THE PULITZER CENTER Col. Moussa Cisse, spokesman for Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Defense, hunched over his desk, cell phone to his ear, scribbling on a pad. It was after 6 … Continue reading

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Refugee Road: The Flight from Mali

Refugee Road: The Flight from Mali Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Ilagala Ag Amin, a 59-year-old Tuareg from northern Mali’s Kidal region in West Africa, is a wiry, compact man who, when I met him at the Mentao Red Cross … Continue reading

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Mali Chaos Continues/PRI’s The World

Mali Chaos Continues | PRI’s The World On Public Radio International’s “The World” with Marco Werman, May 25, 2012: American journalist Peter Chilson  has been in Mali, reporting on the crisis there. He crossed the border from Mali into Burkina … Continue reading

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An Enemy We Could Respect

The curator at the Sikasso Regional Museum here in the south of Mali tosses up his hands and falls on the floor of his office, flat on his back to demonstrate how the city of the same name, once the … Continue reading

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Travel without Papers

I’ve just learned that Mohammed, the uninvited passenger sitting in the back seat of my rented car, doesn’t have travel papers. This is an issue because we’re waiting at the Ivory Coast border on our way south, out of Mali. … Continue reading

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Man of the People?

Man of the People? Late the morning of Dec. 3, I’m in a Toyota Land Cruiser in a convoy, fourteen vehicles racing through thick red dust across back roads of the “new” Ivory Coast—the freshly reunited Ivory Coast, six months … Continue reading

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According to Legend

The Mali Empire that ruled much of West Africa for 400 years from Niani, this village in Guinea on the Sankarani River, helped establish the first long-term trans-Saharan trade with Europe. One emperor, Abubakari II, is said to have launched … Continue reading

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Remains of Empire: The Road to Niani

On November 9, in late afternoon, I’m walking through a forest between two West African countries, Mali and Guinea. I’m looking for a tiny village called Niani, on the Guinea side. Niani, once a large walled city of tens of … Continue reading

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Kidira

In Kidira, a town on Senegal’s eastern edge, the border policeman sees me studying the big trucks lined up on the road for the half mile back into town. I am standing—Senegal behind me to the west, and Mali before … Continue reading

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