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No country for young men: Mali loses youth to migrant crisis

Young men are an increasingly rare sight around Kodjan, a village some 60 kilometers west of Mali capital Bamako, due to migrationOnce bustling with sinewy young men like any other farming village in rural Mali, Kodjan is starting to look distinctly grey. Little by little, the demographics of the settlement are altering as its youth join the exodus of African migrants looking for a better life in Europe. “My three grandchildren went off in search of adventure in Spain, because here there is nothing,” a 72-year-old woman tells AFP in front of her shack.

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