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Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Pocatello, ID

I wish them better luck then we had.

one old man
Ogden, UT

This is a man of great courage.

I hope the best for him.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Is there an address or way we can finacially support him in his campaign?

Boise, ID

Isn't there a civil war going on in Mali right now? As well as a recent army take over of the government, When are they expecting to have elections?

Layton, UT

You can make donations but Des. news wont allow me to post the website (i'm sure there is a reason but I just don't now what it is).

I will give you a hint though, just look up his last name, he has his own website, it's very neat! It includes videos of what he has accomplished, and I am very proud to call him a brother in the Church.

Wilf 55

But this is Africa, and Mali is presently one of its most unstable nations, with military coups threatening (the one of last week was even with Jihadist connexions, as revealed in the press), with not well trained and undisciplend foreign soldiers of the Misma force, with the French in an ambiguous position (pressured to leave by those who want to take over), and with Islamic fundamentalists still scattered over an immense territory. Even as Mali in still at war internally, the tensions between political factions are growing, each trying to weaken opponents. As the country tries to rally under the temporary leadership of Diango Cissoko, Yeah Samake is already calling him too old to govern, undermining his fragile authority.

Even if Samake ever gets to the presidency, his challenge will be how to maintain order without using brute force and undemocratic measures. There is also the risk that well meaning American Mormons will support him financially, but without any guarantee how this money will finally be used. The US rules for political financing are inexistent in Mali. Of course, we wish Samake luck, but our public here needs more detailed information.


Samake is the real deal. I met with him several times in 2005 and that time he was working for a non-profit to build schools in Mali. He cares deeply about his country and his people. His story is really quite extraordinary and I hope and pray he will be protected as he continues his journey.

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