The news that Clément received on Saturday by e-mail is reassuring. The container has arrived in Dakar.
But, unfortunately, as the transit agent told us, it has not moved since.
Good morning Mr. Clément,
We acknowledge receipt of the documents and inform you that, currently, the container is in Dakar.
We are tackling the customs formalities and are going to proceed to the rerouting of the container in the best conditions.
Moreover, the heat is unbearable in Timbuktu – with 47° in the shade, living conditions are difficult for our friend Daniel Robert. Here is the news he sent us on Saturday:
Yesterday by the end of the day, we had nearly reached 50°. Besides, a Harmattan wind was blowing as strongly as a 747 engine …The walls in the hotel are hot, as well as the entire furniture, and as well as the walls in the bathroom where cold water runs at 40°. As soon as the butter arrives on the table in the morning, it melts. It’s the time of the year when the people of Timbuktu leave the town in search of freshness elsewhere. Others leave for greener pastures, like Harandé’s friends, three retired teachers who died in two days. There are more pictures left, but this should be enough to make the Swiss temperatures rise…
I found an internet café in front of the Great Mosque of Djingareyber, built in 1325 on the request of Emperor Kankou Moussa who left great souvenirs such as his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324, when, thanks to his great generosity, he destabilized the economy in the Middle East. Fortunately, Euro was not affected like it is these days.
We can no longer visit Djingareyber, probably because of the reconstruction work. Normally, mosques are built in banco, a sort of mud/clay mixed with grass. The wet season engenders great damages on these walls and every year they have to be replastered. Arabic countries have provided them with a new beige rendering, above all waterproof, which will protect the temple. It’s the first time that such a method is used.
Alhor, a stone that “grows under the sand” a few kilometres from the town, is used to build houses. It’s a sort of white stuff that usually turns orange due to sandstorm.
Yesterday, Friday, it was the Great Prayer and I add a few pictures of the exit.
That was the latest news! Of course, we will inform you as soon as the container moves!