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Security situation in Bamako

Hi All, I will be coming to Bamako in mid-February for one week for some research work I am doing with an international NGO. I have never been to Bamako/Mali, nor to West Africa - FCO warns against all travel to the country, hence I was wondering what the security situation is like in Bamako. Shall I be worried? What are the main dangers/things I should take care of? I hope the NGO partner will take care of my accommodation, but in case they do not can you recommend a (rather cheap but clean and safe hotel)?

Thanks in advance for your help!