With the government foreign office’s designation of ‘red zone’ upon Mali, Dogon country has plummeted in the tourist market despite its rich cultural and historical credentials. Dogon country virtual tour offers to provide a virtual tour of Dogon with a tour creator program thereby making the possibility of visiting the country without being on foot and promoting it. Bamako, Mali (July 22nd, 2013) – Since the insurgency in Northern Mali and interventions from other foreign countries, Dogon country along with Timbuktu and Jene have been steadily dropping out from the tourist’s idea of a cultural destination. It is in this context that, a young photographer Moctar Menta has come forward with the initiative of creating a Dogon country virtual tour. Such a program when designed will give the user access to a 360 degree visibility at any given point of focus, hotspots and thumb nails.Moctar Menta’s venture of creating a virtual touring program requires the backing of a small amount of funding that would give him access to the right equipment and software. This is in addition to his living and transportation expenses in Dogon country. As a part of raising funds, Menta has come forth with Dogon tokens and souvenirs for contributors of the funding program under various packages. The fund raising campaign kick started recently with the help of Indiegogo and is awaiting contributions from interested who aren’t willing to let a piece of history die. The campaign has also given detailed explanations of the utilization of funds and therefore ensures contributors of what they are signing up for.Because of the crisis, the tourism is now dying there. I would like to help these people by promoting their culture to the world with my strong knowledge in digital media. “- Moctar Menta Deemed as a ‘World Heritage Site’ by the UNESCO- Dogon country is a rich canvas of cultural importance that must not be left as a piece of forgotten history. Dogon country virtual tour has the potential, its continuous promotion which gives people access to the country’s rich tradition without being on foot.
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Bringing Dogon Country back to the tourist map - Dogon count