The expression ‘ La Route de Liberte” – The Road to Freedom was created by a young man who joined our project team in 1998 to become our secretary.
Daouda Berthe was a true Bamako boy. In Bamako there was electricity, at least in some suburbs, running water, Libanese nightclubs, restaurants, a river called Niger, pretty girls, Pizza at the Relax, fish, TV, cold beer and many more desirable things……
But Daouda wanted a job and courageously he signed up with us for Nara as IT technician ( we had a car battery to run the PC) , PA and secretary for our project ! Daouda was valued by all of us. On our first trip to Nara he was very silent. He later confessed to me that he thought his life had ended when he saw the first camels on the road.
Since then when anyone of our project undertook the trip to Bamako, he was on the road to liberty, according to Daouda Berthe !
When you saw this sight appearing in front of your eyes, just before you entered the village of Kati, a view down on Bamako with the Central Bank in the distance close to the beautiful river Niger – you knew freedom was yours !