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Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
  1. M Carrasco-Portiño
  1. Preventive Medicine and Public Health Area, University of Alicante, Campus San Vicente del Raspeig, Ap. 99 C.P 03080, San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante), Spain;

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    ByKris Holloway. Published by Waveland Press, Long Grove, 2007, £8.93 (paperback). ISBN 9781577664352.

    This book relates the story of Kris Holloway during a visit to Mali. Her voluntary work, which was guided by the Peace Corps of the USA, led her to live one of the most significant experiences of her professional and personal life between 1989 and 1991.

    To get an idea of the territory where the story took place, we have to remember that Mali is located in the middle of West Africa, at the medieval heart of Islamic learning. Nowadays, according to the author, it is a model of democracy for African nations and Muslim countries. It has survived the French colonisation that ended in 1960 and the reign of a military dictator from 1968 until 1991. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, which, in practical …

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