Notes from the field:  Introducing our interpretor and community organizer in his own words.  I am deeply grateful for his assistance and the expertise and skills he brings to this project!  -Christina

Oumar:  My name is Oumar Ag Mohamed El Moctar.  I was born in Gossi (Region of Timbuktu, Republic of Mali) in 1980 and I am 33 years old.  I completed my primary school studies in my village of birth and then in Burkina Faso during the first rebellion in 1995.  I attended secondary school in Kayes (South of Mali).  I went on to study law at the University of Bamako and finished with a Masters in Private Law in 2005.  Unfortunately, like many students from northern Mali, I didn’t have the opportunity to find a job that matched my qualifications.  Because of this I returned to my village after my studies and began working with a program called P.C.V.B.G.E. (Project of Protection of Biodiversity and Elephants of Gourma).  I worked with this project for four years.  On January 1st 2012 I began work with Medecins du Monde – Belgium in Gao to fight malnutrition in nomadic areas.  In February of the same year, I became a refugee in Burkina Faso for the second time because of the conflict in Northern Mali.  I like art and am also interested in environmental issues, animal protection, and law. 

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