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Six Months Later: Funeral of Lebanese...
Kharayeb, Lebanon
By [email protected]
22 Dec 2014

A funeral was held today for five members of a Lebanese family killed in the crash of an Air Algerie passenger jet in July in Mali.
Bilal Dhieny and his wife Korean Bienrit and their three children, Malik, Olivia and Rayan were among 116 people onboard the flight that crashed July 26, 2014 in a remote area near the border with Burkina Faso. Twenty Lebanese were killed in the crash.
The family funeral was held in the family's hometown of Kharayeb , South Lebanon .

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Mali: Tuareg Rebels In Control of Kidal
Kidal - Mali
By alkouraichi
17 Jun 2014

June 6, 2014
Kidal, northern Mali

Tuareg rebels from the MNLA (Mouvement National de Libération de l'Azawad - National Movement for Azawad Liberation) patrol the streets of the northern Malian city of Kidal after retaking the city from Malian Army forces at the end of May. The Malian army was driven out and several soldiers died during the clashes.
Kidal is the stronghold of the rebels of the MNLA. They group wants to form its own State called ‘Azawad’ and be independent from Bamako, the capital in the south. Without the help of the French army, the Malian State could not completely control Kidal. The French started an offensive in 2013 to chase the jihadists from northern Mali (especially Timbuktu).
Today, Kidal is at the hands of the MNLA, the situation has calmed down, and the market has reopened. Many inhabitants hope that the Malian army won't come back and are calling for Azawad's independence.

Video Shots:
-They show the atmosphere in Kidal -Armed men from MNLA (tuareg rebels) are guarding a roundabout and regulating traffic. -Footage of Kidal's market. Interview in tamasek of a shopkeeper selling drink. -Footage of trucks -Footage of the Malian army's armed vehicles lost during the last clashes with armed groups in May 2014. -Footage of the MNLA and MAA pick-ups driving through the city.

Interviews:
-Interview with shopkeeper selling drinks -Interview with Ag, a passer-by on a motorcycle -Interview with Cefa, a Tuareg from Kidal

Shopkeeper:
“Activity on the market has started again. At the beginning, people ran away, but now it's starting again. The only problem we have is theft happening daily. When the Mali government was controlling the city, there was less theft, now it's our main concern. Everything is fine, except the theft problem.”

Ag:
“The population is here, it's safe, thank God. We don't complain.

Cefa, a Tuareg from Kidal
"Of course I'm glad the Malian army left. Anyone who followed the story of the Azawad, a story made up of of conflicts, will know that I'm glad. Anyone who remembers the actions from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, and the victims throughout these years, will know I'm happy. Anyone who knows about this dramatic history will know why I'm happy that the army left. The Malian army is driven by revenge and has no patriotic spirit. Before the clashes in Kidal, it was just a verbal battle. The pro-Malians swore it would be them or us. But is shows our victory and the joy, the enormous joy, it's indescribable. There is no doubt the Azawadians are very happy about the defeat of the Malian army.

Also we realize that chasing the Malian army isn't the only thing we need to do to reach our goal. There is a battle to lead on different fields, especially on the political one. We also realize the Malian army is not the only enemy we have to fight; there are others harmful ideologies. For example, with the international policy after the defeat of the Malian army, we had to face realities and pressures. We have seen what the world was planning for us. The Malian army was only a pretext and we are saddened by the attitude of France towards the Azawadian people. Even after the defeat of the army, France wants it to come back to our land. It's dreadful and doesn't make any sense.”

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March to support the Malian army in B...
Bamako, Mali
By Amadou Keita
24 May 2014

Bamako : Walk supports the National Union of Workers of Mali ( UNTM ) and Women part ( RPM) compared to the confrontation of the Malian army national liberation movement of the azawad (MNLA ) in Kidal .

Bamakois were angry Thursday morning during marches several civil society against the state of Kidal organizations. The workers union Mali , UNTM ( National Union of Workers of Mali ) and women's organizations have denounced the current situation in Kidal , Mali city located 1500 km north- west of Bamako, where bloody clashes pitted , Saturday 17 and Wednesday, May 21, 2014 , the Malian army and Tuareg rebels and their allies ( HCUA , etc. MAA ) national Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA ) .

Kidal is still in the hands of armed rebels, the Malian army had launched the attack on Kidal , Wednesday, May 21 , but it is the rebel groups have taken over and now control the city. Women in women's organizations and activists, UNTM were heading to the Prime Minister when waiting for the Prime Minister , Moussa Mara . They chanted slogans in support of the Malian and hostile to the international community including France and Minusma army and sometimes sang the national anthem of Mali .

Women had come from all towns in Bamako and Kati , came to the Prime Minister , they were joined the giant crowd of UNTM . Strong messages that are the size of the anger of the people of Mali compared to what today is played Kidal. The angry protesters were received by the Prime Minister , His Excellency Moussa Mara, on the esplanade of the Prime Minister .

In the statement, the Malians were clear: "We learned with shock and indignation , painful events that occurred in Kidal Saturday, May 17, 2014 , during the visit of the Prime Minister and his delegation . Reaffirm our commitment to effective principles of integrity and indivisibility of the territory of the secular state and commitments made ; condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric and heinous acts perpetrated by armed groups and their allies on the administrative authorities , the armed forces of defense and security and the Malian civilians

Suite demonstrators headed to the French embassy, through the office of the European Union area of the river and the hotel that houses the responsible of the Minusma.

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March to support the Malian army 01
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

The march headed to the French embassy. France has sent 2,500 troops in Mali since january 2013.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

In front of the hotel that hosts the heads of the Minusma. The crowd is singing : "Unlocking Kidal", "Enough is enough, enough!" We want peace" "Down to Serval (name of the military operation currently carried on by the French army), "Down the Minusma".

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Walk supports the Malian army 03
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

The crowd headed to the European Union delegation office in Bamako.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Prime minister Moussa Mara (the one wearing a white cap) talking to the crowd: he asked Malians to remain engaged and to avoid amalgam vis-à- vis the Arabs and Tuaregs as well as the Minusma and French troops.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Prime minister Moussa Mara, wearing a white cap, talking to the demonstrators.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Protesters demand that France "stop playing a double game between the MNLA and the Malian government".

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Protestors demand that murders and abductions be elucidated, and the persons responsible designated.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

The protesters demanded the unconditional pacification of the northern regions and the restoration of the rule of law in the north.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Many demonstrations took place in several regions in Mali to support the army in Kidal. Kidal was attacked by Tuaregs from MNLA.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

The protesters were received by the Prime minister Moussa Mara.

In the statement, the protesters were clear: "We learned with shock and indignation , painful events that occurred in Kidal Saturday, May 17, 2014 , during the visit of the Prime Minister and his delegation . We reaffirm our commitment to effective principles of integrity and indivisibility of the territory of the secular State and commitments made ; we condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric and heinous acts perpetrated by armed groups and their allies on the administrative authorities , the armed forces of defense and security and the Malian civilians".

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Walk supports the Malian army.
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Protesters with posters reading "We are a sovereign State". They marched to support the Malian army.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

The parents of soldiers killed in battle were also present at the demonstration.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Protesters chanted slogans in support of the Malian army and hostile to the international community including France and the Minusma.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

The attacks on Kidal by the MNLA were an "outrage to the Malian people", according to a protester.

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March to support the Malian army in B...
By Amadou Keita
22 May 2014

Women came from all neighborhood of Bamako and Kati and joined the demonstration. They were received by the Prime minister.

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Dambe - Promo
Bamako, Mali
By Dearbhla Glynn
03 Apr 2013

This is the musical story of two talented Irish musicians covering thousands of miles
of stunning yet arduous terrain from Bamako in the south to the mysterious ancient
city of Timbuktu, from which point they enter the Sahara. The film captures Mali in
all its magic and beauty, celebrating culture and the power of music. This film is a
musical journey into Mali, West Africa. Renowned Irish musicians Liam O’Maonlaí
(The Hothouse Flowers) and Paddy Keenan (The Bothy Band) travel thousands of kilometers through Mali, to discover why it is known as the heart of Africa.

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Bamako, Mali (7 of 7)
Bamako, Mali.
By George Henton
18 Feb 2013

Image from Bamako, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Bamako, Mali (1 of 7)
Bamako, Mali.
By George Henton
13 Feb 2013

Image from Bamako, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Bamako, Mali (5 of 7)
Bamako, Mali.
By George Henton
07 Feb 2013

Image from Bamako, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Bamako, Mali (6 of 7)
Bamako, Mali.
By George Henton
03 Feb 2013

Images from Mopti, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Bamako, Mali (2 of 7)
Bamako, Mali.
By George Henton
03 Feb 2013

Image from Bamako, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Bamako, Mali (4 of 7)
Bamako, Mali.
By George Henton
03 Feb 2013

Image from Bamako, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Bamako, Mali (3 of 7)
Bamako, Mali.
By George Henton
02 Feb 2013

Image from Bamako, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Mopti, Mali (3 of 3)
Mopti, Mali.
By George Henton
01 Feb 2013

Images from Mopti, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Mopti, Mali (2 of 3)
Mopti, Mali.
By George Henton
01 Feb 2013

Images from Mopti, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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Mopti, Mali (1 of 3)
Mopti, Mali.
By George Henton
01 Feb 2013

Image from Mopti, Mali, taken during the ongoing conflict in West Africa.

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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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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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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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Mali Portraits (1 of 11)
Meneka, Mali
By bindra
16 Dec 2012

Name: Tafina Walet Alhassane
Age: 62
City: Ménaka

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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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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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Mali Portraits (11 of 11)
Meneka, Mali
By bindra
15 Dec 2012

Name: Tawaye Walet Mohammed
Age: 45
City: Meneka

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Mali Portraits (3 of 11)
Gao, Mali
By bindra
15 Dec 2012

Name: Aissata Cissé
Age: 40
City: Gao