Mali

Mali is a landlocked nation in northwest Africa. Mali shares borders with 7 countries including Algeria, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso. Much of the country is inside the Sahara Desert.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 15.9 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups:Mande (50%) (Bambara, Malinke, Soninke), Peul (17%), Voltaic (12%), Songhai (6%), Tuareg and Moor (10%), other (5%)
Languages: French (official), Bambara (46.3%), Peul/foulfoulbe (9.4%), Dogon (7.2%), Maraka/soninke (6.4%), Malinke (5.6%), Sonrhai/djerma (5.6%), Minianka (4.3%), Tamacheq (3.5%), Senoufo (2.6%), unspecified (0.6%), other (8.5%)
Religions: Muslim (94.8%), Christian (2.4%), Animist (2%), none (0.5%), unspecified (0.3%)

MALI IN TORONTO

Mali Population:
In Canada: 2,530
In the GTA: 115

Mali became independent from France in 1960, but endured three decades of dictatorship. Today, Mali is a multiparty democracy and continues to enjoy peace and political stability. Although the country struggles with poverty, living conditions are improving and healthcare is relatively inexpensive. The population is overwhelmingly Muslim, and religion plays an important role in Malian society. On Friday, businesses close at midday to allow practicing Muslims to attend Friday prayers at a mosque. Christians constitute only a small percentage of the population, and most of them are Catholics. Mali is a secular state with freedom of religion.

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Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

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Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 20). The World Factbook: Mali. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
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Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Mali. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/Indonesia-to-Mongolia/Mali.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, October 15). Cultural Information - Mali. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/ci-ic-eng.asp?iso=ml#cn-2

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Mali. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=ml

Malians. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 371-375). Detroit: Gale. 
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Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Prayercast. (n.d.). Mali. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
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Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
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