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Trouble in Timbuktu

On 2 April 2012, Islamist militants, including some self-styled jihadists, overran the ancient desert city of Timbuktu, in northern Mali. They installed a brutal and alien form of Sharia law, which remained in effect until a French intervention force put them to flight nine months later. This series looks at life under (and after) Islamic rule through several inhabitants of Timbuktu.

A group of Tuareg men in traditional dress silhouetted on the crest of a sand dune at an oasis, west of Timbuktu, Mali. February 2008. Many Tuareg nomads still lead salt caravans across the desert to the market in Timbuktu. Tuaregs are spread across five
Tugela Ridley/IRIN

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