Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Liz in Mali

My cousin Elizabeth is currently in Mali where she's working with several public health initiatives there as part of her graduate curriculum at Tulane.

For those of us Americans who don't know our geography, here are some facts about Mali:

  • It's in Africa. (In case you didn't know.)

  • It's the home of Koman Coulibaly, the ref who called back a goal during the World Cup when the US was playing Slovenia.

  • Ever heard of Timbuktu? That's in Mali. Who knew?!?

Lizzy was able to get this great opportunity through Tulane, where she's in grad school for Public Health / Global Health Systems Management. It's so great that she got this opportunity - Africa is in desperate need of people like Lizzy due to all of that continent's widespread epidemics like AIDS, malaria, and bad soccer referees.

Luckily for us, Lizzy is writing a blog called Liz in Mali about her adventures there. From her layover in Senegal to speaking about family planning options to devout Muslims in Mali... from getting lost in a big city trying to find a place to watch the World Cup to little kids being afraid of her because she's white... it's all there, and more. It's really an interesting read.

I always knew my cousin was beautiful, athletic, smart and talented, but I didn't know she was such a great writer.

Please check out her blog if you get a chance: LizInMali.blogspot.com. I suggest you start at the beginning. :)

1 comment:

lizinmali said...

Aw, shucks! I appreciate the kind words and dedicated blog to my blog...but then again our blogs are, after all, cousins.

However, I think you accidentally wrote "great" writer when you were trying to type "long-winded"...haha!

Love you, Btanory!

And P.S. I'm nothing compared to the Tantrum, in Papa Duke's words, "you're the greatest!"