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1. TIMBUKTU, A STORY OF SAND, WINDS AND PERFUMES

The desert wind In the Sahara, silence is a palpable presence. The sound of the wind or the noise of a vehicle arriving in the distance doesn’t eliminate the silence of the desert, rather it enhances it, making us conscious of its strange…
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2. WINDMILLS

The windmill was probably the first robot that man ever built. It works tirelessly for him; turning grain into flour, pumping water from the earth, giving light to the cities. Countries have been built and exist thanks to the work of the…
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3. BACK TO TIMBUKTU

I left Italy during a snow storm.  The weather was so bad that the flight had to be postponed for one day.  I like when trips start off with complications because I know from experience that it's a good sign. I land in Bamako, the city…
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4. THE GARDEN OF THE AMERICANS

Two years ago when I came for the first time to Timbuktu, I had heard about a garden in the desert that the American missionaries had made 10 km away from the city.  They irrigated the desert  sand with the underground water which was pumped…
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5. THE ORCHARDS OF TIMBUKTU

As it became clear that the suburbs of the city are not the right place for the project, I decided to start searching further away, a few miles away from the city, along the canal where some of the poorest people are living off the orchards…
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6. TAHARA’S HOSPITAL

After meeting 4 well-diggers, I am stuck. I don’t feel confident in any of them. I do not know what to do. I don’t have a well-digger nor a location to dig a well, but I am not worried because during this first week in Timbuktu another…
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7. THE WIND RIDER

It’s not so hard to become President of the United State for someone whose grandparents are part of the Nation’s elite, who went to the best schools in the country, who has more money than the opponent to spend on the political campaign.…
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8. THE KING OF THE TUAREGS

  The surroundings of the well, 15 km north of Timbuktu   I ¬†went to¬†visit Bir Amin, the dried up well of the Tuaregs which¬†I repaired¬†2 years ago. I went down the 30 meters deep well with Ibrahim the engineer¬†to‚Ķ
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9. THE POLICE OF TIMBUKTU

Two policemen in civilian clothes erupted in my hotel one morning. It was early by Timbuktu police standards, that is to say, 9 o‚Äôclock. One of them knocked at the door like a madman but without saying, ‚ÄúPolice, open the door!‚ÄĚ the‚Ķ
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10. THE PEOPLE OF BOKIAT

I am on probation, I cannot leave the city or the country. I cannot go back home, and I don’t know what the police are brewing behind my back. They no longer tell me anything. Patients keep waiting for me every morning on the street, but I…
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11. THE GARDEN OF THE FRENCH

The French have always been a nation of idealists, and nowadays they are working hard to repair the injustices of society. In Africa they are trying to revolutionize other’s people societies to make them as perfect as theirs. And the French…
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12. THE COURT OF TIMBUKTU

The court of Timbuktu After a week of waiting without any news, the police came without notice at 10 in the morning to take me from my hotel and I found myself in court to face charges. At least here the justice moves fast, not like in Italy. I…
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13. THE MANUSCRIPTS OF TIMBUKTU

The legendary manuscripts of the city of Timbuktu really exist. These priceless treasures of knowledge which date from the 16th to the 18th centuries , represent the work of the era's leading thinkers, and are classified as “patrimony of…
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14.THE HOSPITAL OF THE POOR

The police returned the medical supplies and documents they had confiscated from me. I showed the Commissioner my diploma in acupuncture and notified him of my intention to continue to treat people who come to me for help. My friend Tahara…
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15. WIND TURBINE OASIS

The wind turbine that I ordered from France before leaving for Timbuktu arrived in Bamako, after a month's delay. I have to leave my patients and travel immediately to the capital in order to clear it from customs and organize its transportation…
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16. DOCTOR BAGAYAKO

I had used up all the acupuncture needles I had in Timbuktu. My friend Tahara's uncle, Congressman, offered me some boxes he bought from his acupuncturist in Bamako. I visited this acupuncturist while in Bamako to clear the wind turbine from…
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17. THE LANDS OF BOKIAT

The land in Bokiat is not owned by the people who live there. Everything belongs to the municipality and will remain so as long as the local government will not divide the land into lots that can be sold to the inhabitants. Until then the…
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18. THE PERFUME HOSPITAL

With the month of March came the season of sand storms. Sometimes you cannot see more than three meters away, as if it you were in a fog valley, engulfed in a red cloud. But it is not just sand. It is the dust of the city, polluted…
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19. THE POOL OF TIMBUKTU

During the month of March the heat is intolerable in Timbuktu. The job I have taken on here is healing people but I also find it to be psychologically exhausting. I treat people without pausing from when I commence in the morning until the…
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20. AROMATERAPY IN TIMBUKTU. HEMORRHOIDS AND HEADACHE

The streets of Timbuktu in a day of sand wind     Patients waiting outside the perfume hospital For a long time doctors have observed strange epidemics of non contagious diseases, for example rheumatism or ulcer. Cosmo‚Äďgeological‚Ķ
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21. AROMATERAPY IN TIMBUKTU: RINGWORMS AND OTHER

Ringworm is a disease that affects mostly children. It makes them suffer a lot and the itching is so strong that they scratch their head until it bleeds, sores get enlarged and the pain prevents them from sleeping. Ringworm makes children’s…
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22. AROMATERAPY IN TIMBUKTU: THE EARACHE

The earache is so widespread in Timbuktu that even I got it after a month. It is probably the desert wind that transports the poisoned dust street into people’s ears. Fortunately before it happened to me, I had a lot of practice with curing…
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Aromatherapy in Timbuktu – Haemorrhoids and headache

The streets of Timbuktu in a day of sand wind For a long time doctors have observed strange epidemics of non contagious diseases, for example rheumatism or ulcer. Cosmo‚Äďgeological causes have been assumed -¬† that means solar winds or the‚Ķ
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23. AROMATERAPY IN TIMBUKTU: THE TOOTHACHE

One of the most frequent problems for which people of Timbuktu came to me was toothache. In Timbuktu dentist is an unaffordable luxury for almost everyone. This fact accompanied by the loss of Islamic traditions, including cleaning teeth…
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Thoughts from Timbuktu: olfactory jewels

I really did not  choose to become a natural perfumer or to make exclusively natural perfumes. I noticed from the beginning that I could  successfully use natural essences to cure myself while chemical ingredients, which I also used to wear…