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The COVID19 Outbreak in Timbuktu

The COVID19 Outbreak in Timbuktu

While much of the Malian government's coronavirus response was focused on the capital, Bamako, Timbuktu quietly became the city with the worst outbreak in the country.

There was no testing equipment in Timbuktu itself. Test samples had to be sent to Bamako, a process that took at least a week and often longer. Meanwhile sick patients were arriving in the local clinics and family members were allowed to visit them -- no one was isolated and in town, no one was taking any measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. It may seem easy to blame the population, but...


News from us and us in the news

News from us and us in the news

It's been a busy few weeks at Postcards from Timbuktu. Postcrossing graciously wrote a blog post about our project, and the many postcard enthusiasts there quickly snapped up a few hundred postcards. That kept us busy until... actually it's still keeping us busy! The Post Office in Timbuktu even ran out of stamps a few days ago and we had to send more up from Bamako!

Ali and the boys were also featured in a short TV production by 3sat, a German channel that admirably does their fair share of culture documentaries. You can view the documentary online...


The abnormally long voyage of certain postcards

The abnormally long voyage of certain postcards

Most of our postcards and other items arrive at their destinations in 2-3 weeks from the time that they are ordered. Some of them take much longer, though, and every now and then, they get lost. 

We encourage customers to contact us if an order is taking too long. Often, we send out a replacement.  But sometimes seemingly lost items magically appear after many weeks or even months. Here are a few exchanges with clients who experienced just that. 

In this case, the postcard was a birthday card. It took nearly two months...


Meet our Team

Meet our Team

This is Mohamed Aguissa. He is writing messages on postcards and stamping them with our "Tombouctou la Ville Mystérieuse" stamp that Ali had custom made in Timbuktu (the official postmark stamp comes from the post office).

Prior to 2012, Mohamed sold jewelry made by his father and served as a tourist guide for visitors to Timbuktu. After the multiple crises of early 2012, he fled with his family to Burkina Faso where he lived in a refugee camp in Djibo for 2 years.

Since returning to Timbuktu, things have not been easy. His family gets by, but...


New Hand Drawn Postcards

New Hand Drawn Postcards

Some of you have already ordered the new hand drawn postcards available on the site. 

I wrote a bit about the backstory of these postcards over on my blog. You can check it out here