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Great SteveH 2020-05-25 1:05

Hi Gert, Both great shots. I like the architectural elements in the WS. Glimpses into the past, although possibly not too different from today. What scanner are you using these days; you seem to be getting v.good results. cheers, Steve

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Thank you John for showing such an interest in this photo, and of course for adding it to your favourites.

In 1982 all of Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta) was remarkably safe and people were generally very kind and friendly. I don't think people have changed much since then, but the country has been sadly affected by terrorism in recent years. Mainly it has been areas along the border with Mali that have been hit, but also the capital Ouagadougou has been the scene of a number of deadly attacks. Bobo-Dioulasso is in the southwestern corner of the country, as far from Mali as possible, and I haven't heard of any attacks or unrest there, so it should be safe.

2-3 years ago the Africa correspondent for the Swedish national public radio made a special report to summarize his three years on the continent, before returning home. He mentioned a few experiences that he would keep as cherished memories, and among them was the extraordinary kindness of most people in Burkina Faso. It made me so happy that I sent him a mail to tell him of my experiences so many years earlier.

Mali in 1982 remains among my cherished memories for the same reason, but unfortunately that country is today strictly out of bounds because of terrorism. I believe that ordinary people are still just as nice as 38 years ago.

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