• About Joe Penney

    Joe Penney is a writer and photographer based in Bamako, Mali. His photos have appeared in Geo, Jeune Afrique, Le Monde, Newsweek (Africa edition), The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Time, among others. His articles have appeared on CNN (online), Al Jazeera and in Montreal newspapers and Paris journals. He has photographed presidential elections in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone as well as the 2012 coup aftermath in Mali, Mauritanian refugee camps, mining sites in Niger, migrants in the Sahel, the 2013-2014 conflict in Central African Republic and the people's coup in Burkina Faso in 2014.

    In 2013, he covered the French airstrike campaign in Mali for Reuters and was interviewed about it by BBC Radio. He founded Sahelien.com, a website covering news in the Sahel region, in 2013.

    Penney graduated from McGill University in Montreal. He speaks English, French and Spanish.

    A Sobering Conflict in an Unforgiving Desert

    by  • July 13, 2012 • Africa, WORLDVIEWS • 5 Comments

    Interim president Dioncounda Traore of Mali

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyBAMAKO, Mali — At the bus station here in the capital this spring, tales of trepidation from besieged northern...

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    A Tenuous Life for Malian Refugees in the Desert

    by  • June 11, 2012 • Africa, Refugees • 2 Comments

    UN refugee camp Mauritania

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    A West African Coup’s Potential Ripple Effects

    by  • May 16, 2012 • Africa, Security Council • 5 Comments

    Guinea-Bissau army

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyDAKAR, Senegal — The fate of Guinea-Bissau hangs on precariously as regional and international bodies involved in resolving the...

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    A Transition in Sight for Mali

    by  • April 9, 2012 • Africa, Refugees • 1 Comment

    mali

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyBAMAKO, Mali — The junta that upended the country here on March 22 has agreed to hand over power...

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    In Tiny Guinea-Bissau, Ruthless Politics and Cool Refrain

    by  • March 30, 2012 • Africa, Security Council • 4 Comments

    Bissau port

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    Tensions in Senegal Raise the Heat in the Region

    by  • February 9, 2012 • Africa • 2 Comments

    In Dakar, men pray during prayers held by a political coalition after the deaths of antigovernment protesters recently in the capital. The country is expected to hold a presidential election on Feb. 26.  PHOTO BY JOE PENNEY

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyDAKAR, Senegal — Senegal has always been praised as the most secure country in West Africa since its independence...

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