Mali Political Situation
U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali
Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens
December 11, 2012
At 0400 this morning, Cheick Modibo Diarra resigned as the interim Prime Minister of Mali. Demonstrations or other kinds of public reactions may occur as the situation develops. Currently, Bamako is quiet and calm with business as usual. Airport operations are undisturbed and movement around the city has not been affected. The Embassy and American School remain open as usual.
Nevertheless, we wish to remind U.S. citizens that demonstrations, even those intended to be peaceful, have the potential to quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence, possibly without advance warning. The Embassy, therefore, urges U.S. citizens to avoid crowds, political gatherings, and street demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and remain aware of their surrounding at all times.
We also advise U.S. citizens to be cautious and alert while traveling through Bamako and to review the Travel Warning on Mali at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html. Remember if you encounter a roadblock, comply with all requests to stop and, if necessary, subject your person and vehicle to inspection. Be sure to carry with you at all times proper identification and your U.S. passport.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bamako web site. You can get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates: 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or from other countries on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).
You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
If you are going to live in or travel to Mali, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297. The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 2070 2505, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at +223 2070 2301 or 2070 2302.