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 steady income is hard to find. Tourism is nonexistent at the moment. The postcard project has provided a new income stream, which has allowed Mohamed to continue to pursue his studies. In fact, he will take the baccalaureate exam this year.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading and sports, mainly football and running. He is not afraid to say that he is a staunch Real Madrid supporter.
If you order a postcard, Mohamed may be one of the guys on the team that writes your message