The 46 student players are still hard at work in Ciwara School, striving to create non-violent resolutions to multiple crises, including terrorism, throughout the four fictional sovereignties. The Mali Peace Game commenced to great fanfare in November of this past fall, and will conclude in March. Dean Steve Esquith, of MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), worked in concert with John, Malian teachers and students, translators, and countless others to adapt this amazing version of the World Peace Game.
Steve, along with Malian facilitators, plan to attend the Charlottesville, VA WPG Master Class and Camp in June. While at this event, they will be making a brief presentation about the Mali Peace Game, and will undoubtedly offer their very unique perspective. The country of Mali has suffered tremendous violence in the past 2+ years due to civil war, coup d’état, and terrorism. Portions of the once stable nation have been bitterly embroiled in conflict.
Steve and Moussa Traore, a Malian student at MSU, were interviewed by the Lansing City Pulse recently about the state of affairs in Mali. During the interview Steve talks briefly of the Mali Peace Game, and its hopeful, longterm effects in a place of tenuous truce.