MALI’S DISPLACED

Collection with 18 media items created by Mais Istanbuli ★★★★★

16 Sep 2012 01:00

More than 450,000 people have left their homes since fighting broke out between Tuareg rebel forces and the Malian army earlier this year in January. According to the U.N. Refugee agency, 265,000 former residents of Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao, cities now under the occupation of Islamists linked to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, travelled to refugee camps in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso, while 185,000 more have been internally displaced.
Many of the displaced live with extended families and friends. Others live under whatever shelter they can find. The sudden influx of people is exacerbating an already rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation as food prices continue to rise and health services decline.
They are in need of adequate shelter, food and clean water and complain that they cannot find work. Young people want to study but can’t afford private education. Light-skinned Tuaregs are fearful of being associated with the MNLA and feel discriminated against in Mali’s southern regions.
Although they miss their homes, have found the strength to rebuild some aspects of their old lives and support those struggling around them. Women with babies on their backs carry vegetables and spices to the market each day to bring in meager amounts of money. Families, often separated, keep connected to each other through phone calls. Neighbors share their mosquito netting with newly displaced on their exposed rooftop sleeping quarters.
As the rest of world focuses on the geopolitical consequences of Mali becoming the so-called new “Afghanistan” and the horrors of occupation under Islamist rule, the struggles and resistances of the displaced receive little attention.
Yet these are the people that know firsthand the reality of Mali today. These are the people that know what it is like to lose a home without the hope of return.

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Crawling
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
16 Dec 2012

Aisha (name changed), 24, from Timbuktu sits in the room of her host family in Bamako where she has found refuge since being raped by members of the MNLA. Her nephew, Oumar (name changed and at right), 6, came with Aisha after his father was killed also by members of the MNLA. They threw white powder on his hands and body, leaving him blistered and sore. Soon after, his mother fled to Abidjan to search for work.

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Chest
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
16 Dec 2012

A displaced Tuareg boy stands in the Bamako neighborhood he and many other displaced from the north have sought refuge in. Former residents of Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao, cities now under the occupation of Islamists linked to AQMI and other extremist groups, comprise the bulk of those displaced.

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Waiting
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
16 Dec 2012

A displaced Tuareg man sits on a pile of cinderblocks outside the house in Bamako he seeks refuge in. Former residents of Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao, cities now under the occupation of Islamists linked to AQMI and other extremist groups, comprise the bulk of those displaced.

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Cooking
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
17 Dec 2012

A displaced woman from Timbuktu cooks food in the room of her host family in Bamako to later sell at the market. Many displaced find it hard to make ends meet as they are not able to resume their normal activities and livelihoods they had in the north.

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Room
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
16 Dec 2012

A displaced man sits in the corner of the room where he has found refuge since fleeing Timbuktu. Former residents of Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao, cities now under the occupation of Islamists linked to AQMI and other extremist groups, comprise the bulk of those displaced.

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Ghost
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
17 Dec 2012

Amadou (name changed), approximately 56 years old, lies in the room of his host family in Bamako. Amadou was threatened with death and forced to watch the rape of his wife by members of the MNLA. Since then has not talked or moved willingly. His children say it is as if he has turned into a ghost. Amadou has been unable to seek medical attention.

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Family
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
16 Sep 2012

Families from Gao and Kidal prepare food together in the compound they share together in Bamako. Many displaced say they are in need of adequate shelter, food and clean water.

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Aïcha
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
22 Sep 2012

Aïcha Maiga, 12, sprawls out in the living room where she sleeps with 28 other family members that have fled from Gao.

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Curtains
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
17 Dec 2012

Two displaced children hold the curtains closed in the room of their host family in Bamako where they have found refuge since fleeing Timbuktu.

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Photo
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
30 Sep 2012

A Tuareg, displaced man displays a photo of himself holding up a sword that he crafted to earn a living in the north. Now in Bamako, he says he cannot find work because nobody is interested in buying his creations since the tourism industry collapsed.

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Light
Segou, Mali
By bindra
27 Nov 2012

A young boy herds his family’s livestock in the outskirts of Segou, Mali on November 27th 2012.

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Mali Walls
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
30 Sep 2012

A displaced man from Tessit looks out to a brewing storm on the northern edges of Bamako where he has found shelter. Since the MNLA takeover of the north earlier this year, the U.N. Refugee agency estimates 450,000 people have left the region.

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Marbles
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
30 Sep 2012

A displaced boy from Tessit plays with marbles in the compound where 20 other displaced families have sought refuge in Bamako. More than 265,000 travelled to refugee camps in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso while 185,800 more have been internally displaced.

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TV
Mopti, Mali
By bindra
04 Oct 2012

A family relaxes in Mopti after spending the day traveling on a bus from Timbuktu. They are on their way to Bamako to seek a better life and escape Islamist rule. More than 265,000 travelled to refugee camps in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso while 185,800 more have been internally displaced.

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Shadows
Mopti, Mali
By bindra
27 Nov 2012

A young boy herds sheep in Segou, in front of a house where a family of displaced have come to flee the north. More than 265,000 travelled to refugee camps in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso while 185,800 more have been internally displaced.

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Smoke
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
09 Dec 2012

A boy runs through the smoke of burning garbage in the Bamako neighborhood where many displaced from the north have sought refuge. More than 265,000 travelled to refugee camps in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso while 185,800 more have been internally displaced.

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Bus station
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
11 Apr 2012

A family from northern Mali arrives in the Bamako bus station with all their possessions after a long journey from rebel-occupied Gao. More than 265,000 travelled to refugee camps in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso while 185,800 more have been internally displaced.

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Vegetables
Bamako, Mali
By bindra
15 Dec 2012

Many displaced women sell vegetables in order to feed their families in Bamako. More than 265,000 displaced travelled to refugee camps in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso while 185,800 more have been internally displaced.