Ripped apart by war

The rift between Mali’s north and south looks likely to deepen

By VICTORIA ADAL
February 20, 2013 12:12
refugee family 521

refugee family 521. (photo credit: VICTORIA ADAL)

The rebels who took over Mali’s north last year had various philosophies – some Islamist, such as those from the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), supported by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and some primarily just separatist, such as the those from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA; Azawad is a term for Mali’s north).

But they were all Tuaregs and Arabs.

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