Deadly Mali hotel attack: ‘They were shooting at anything that moved’

(CNN)Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel shouted “Allahu akbar” as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said.

The attackers did not say a word to anyone as they opened fire Friday morning, employee Tamba Couye said.

They shot at “anything that moved” as terrified patrons dashed for cover all over the hotel, he said.

By the time Malian and U.N. security forces rushed in and ended the siege hours later, bodies were scattered across the floors of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.

At least 19 people were killed in the attack, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the nation.

Interesting to see how the media seemed to pay a little more attention than usual on this attack, but not because some Malians were either killed or injured. It was because one of the first Mali attack victim was an American and also some foreigners were either killed or held hostage.






Please pray for Mali and and not just for one life that was lost, but for all the lives that were lost in such a horrendous attack! This is our Africa. Please repost, reblog, post,  and let your voices be heard. 


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By Lee Litumbe

It’s now been forty-eight hours since I arrived in Dakar, Senegal. Forty-eight glorious hours filled with connecting with incredibly talented creatives, drinking Bissap and eating my weight in Thieboudienne since I left my old life back in Atlanta - a life I had been desperately trying to break free from for years. Even with all the hard work I’d put in, it still didn’t feel real. Not when I emptied ten years worth of memories from my house to move in with a childhood friend. Not when I gave notice, then quit my corporate day job after living a double life for the past two years. Not even when I sold my car and pretty much everything else I owned. Maybe it’s because I was still existing in a fear filled fog, too scared to dare risk jinxing my plans by truly believing my move was real. But as I packed up my entire life into two and a half suitcases a few hours before my flight (yeah, yeah I know – I’m terrible), it finally hit me. The idea I had been willing, wishing and working vigorously towards for the past few years and dream that inspired the creation of this website (hence the name Spirited Pursuit) was actually happening. Finally. read more


3 young Sudanese men killed ‘execution-style’ in Indiana, but where is media coverage:

Police in the US state of Indiana say they are yet to identify a motive for the “execution-style” murders of three young Muslim-American men last week, in a case that has barely caused a ripple in mainstream media in the United States

The three men - 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab - were found dead in a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Wednesday,

The men, who police said hailed from Africa’s eastern Sahel region, had all been shot multiple times. Police said the murders were not believed to be gang-related.

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com

 “Eidi Mohamed, 20, a student, remembers all three of the Sudanese boys in middle school as “really into sports, specifically soccer.” “There are a few news channels here covering but it really isn’t getting attention like the Chapel Hill shooting” he went on to say. Asked whether or not the area has a history of overt racism towards Blacks or Muslims Mohamed recalled, “I’ve always heard about racist things going on in Fort Wayne, parts of Fort Wayne have a lot of African Americans and African Immigrants.”  -http://muslimmatters.org/

Since the media won’t cover the story, we will. Sad to see that the few times the media covered this story, they tried to paint the victims as thugs, criminals, etc.  This story is just as important as any other story repeatedly talked about in the news. 








Designer Grace Wales Bonner travels to Dakar, Senegal, with photographer Harley Weir and i-D’s senior fashion editor, Julia Sarr-Jamois, to shoot local wrestlers wearing Grace’s Ebonics collection. The photographs, shot in and around Lake Retba, or Lac Rose, so named for its blush-pink appearance, are a stunning testament to the beauty of Senegal and to Grace’s refreshing vision of black masculinity.

See the full shooting on i-D Magazine.

African Beauty💕

🇦🇴Angola - @juvenalia
🇧🇮Burundi - @theylovetheafro
🇨🇩DRC - @chloekitembo
🇪🇹Ethiopia - @the_dopest_ethiopian
🇬🇭Ghana - @nvmam
🇬🇳Guinea - @blissfullqueen
🇨🇮Ivory Coast - @bkmsang
🇰🇪Kenya - @samburuqueen
🇳🇬Nigeria - @withlovesao
🇸🇳Senegal - @fatoust
🇸🇱Sierra Leone - @ednagazell
🇸🇴Somalia - @huthun
🇿🇦South Africa - @anitamarshall_
🇸🇸South Sudan - @jamieandniks
🇹🇿Tanzania - @jokatemwegelo
🇺🇬Uganda - @pslovemeriaa

“I’m from Senegal, it’s the opposite of here. There everybody respects everybody else. And we believe in community there. There are no homeless people. You’re only homeless if you want to be. Otherwise we take care of each other. If you come over to my house, you can eat whatever, stay as long as you like, it’s no problem. If you see a kid acting up, you can address it. It takes a village. Here kids do and say whatever they want. One day a woman here said to me, ‘Africa is so dangerous, so much war and sickness.’ and I said ‘No, Africa isn’t like that. You’re trying to ignore the things going on right here and put them on Africa. There’s a caste system here. They try to minimize you. They minimize you because you’re African. They minimize you because you’re a woman. And I’m muslim, so that’s another thing.”
"Do you wish you could go back?”
“I go back all the time.”
“So why do you choose to live here with all that you have deal with?”
“I have kids in school here and I want to be here to support them.”