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Andrew Hernann

If You Are From the North, You Are Guilty: On the Alienation and Abandonment of Internally Displaced Northern Malians

[Ansar Eddine rebels. Photo by Anne Look via Wikimedia Commons]

A displaced Timbuktian entered a store in Bamako. “As-salamu alaykum,” he said. The manager stiffened and eyed him suspiciously. “Why do you greet me with ‘As-salamu alaykum?’” he asked. “Because we are both Muslim,” the Timbuktian said in the heavily-accented Bambara typical of the Songhay of northern Mali. “No, we are in Bamako. Here we do not say ‘As-salamu alaykum.’ And why don’t you speak Bambara?” “I do speak some Bambara,” the Timbuktian replied. “But I am from ...

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Andrew Hernann


Andrew Hernann is an ABD in Anthropology from the Graduate Center (City University of New York).  He specializes in religion in West Africa/the Sahara.  He previously conducted preliminary research in Timbuktu, Mali and is currently conducting his dissertation fieldwork in Mali, working specifically with the displaced northern Malian community in Bamako.