A recent Malian military coup postponed elections, due in February, 2022, for 6 months to 5 years in order to have time to quell jihadist terrorist disturbances. France and ECOWAS (the West African coalition of neighboring countries) decry this action as a military seizure of Mali, and closed all borders. This is yet another devastating blow to trade and travel in an already beleaguered nation, one that for decades was peaceful and relatively prosperous. Now Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group arrives to “assist”.. Malian friends confirm the Russian troups are in situ and that they support them, believing that the French robbed them blind and then left.. In this difficult juncture I hope we will continue to privately help the Malian people who are due to suffer even more..