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Un soldato maliano delle forze speciali chiede informazioni ad un ragazzo, a Gao. (Joel Saget, Afp)

A Malian soldier speaks to a child looking after camels and goats in a valley near the northern city of Gao on Tuesday. Malian and French forces were on an operation to hunt down militant Islamists who fled the city in January.

A girl looks at U.S. soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division as they walk by on a patrol near Camp Florida in eastern Afghanistan, on September 7, 2006. (Credit: Saurabh Das/AP)

Afghanistan's Children of War - In Focus - The Atlantic A girl looks at U. soldiers of the Battalion, Regiment of the Mountain Division as they walk by on a patrol near Camp Florida in eastern Afghanistan, on September (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

BBC News - Mali army 'regains Konna and Diabaly' from rebels

Mali Islamists 'flee two towns'

Islamist fighters have withdrawn from two towns in central Mali after French air strikes, local officials say.

Aid agencies have warned that the drought in West Africa's Sahel region could become a humanitarian disaster. Malnutrition and illnesses are putting at risk the lives of thousands of people in Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and northern Senegal.

In pictures: West African food crisis

The Chadian teenager in this picture is very sick. The average life expectancy in Chad is 17 years old. This is due to lack of money and food. The poor economy and long droughts have contributed to this low life expectancy for the people of Chad.

Malian #refugee children take shelter from a dust storm in Burkina Fasos Goudebou refugee camp. The needs for displaced Malians remain great. © UNHCR/B.Sokol

UNHCR urgently needs funding to continue assisting displaced Malians - Photo: Malian refugee children take shelter from a dust storm in Burkina Faso's Goudebou refugee camp. The needs for displaced Malians remain great. © UNHCR/B.

Most Malians are self employed. Many make a living as farmers, herders, fishermen, traders, or artisans.Most of the salaried positions are with international organizations or civil service.  Many Malians choose to emigrate in search of better job opportunities.

Africa: African nations strive to stem desertification with a ‘Great Green Wall’ Mike Hitchen Online: i On Global Trends

Fatma Sale, 24, from Fadima Village in Sudan's Blue Nile state rests wish her children minutes after their arrival in Gendrassa #refugee camp, Upper Nile State, Maban County, South Sudan in August, 2012.   UNHCR / B. Sokol

Fatma Sale, 24, from Fadima Village in Sudan's Blue Nile state rests wish her children minutes after their arrival in Gendrassa #refugee camp, Upper Nile State, Maban County, South Sudan in August, 2012. UNHCR / B. Sokol

Malian soldiers stand guard before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

French planes pound Islamist camps in north Mali desert

Malian soldiers stand guard before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February REUTERS/Joe Penney

Mali, two women preparing food

Photo of Mali, dos mujeres preparando la comida

France's President Francois Hollande, right, listened to Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore, second from left, at Sevare, near Mopti,Saturday.

French President Speaks of Exit from Mali

France's President Francois Hollande, right, listened to Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore, second from left, at Sevare, near Mopti,Saturday.

TSA Attempts to Confiscate Chewbacca Actor’s Light Saber-Shaped Cane

Chewbacca Actor Battles TSA Over Light Saber Cane .(always let the wookie win. he'll rip your arms out their sockets. just sayin' --HD)

Jerome Delay—AP Feb. 15, 2013. Children walk on the Askia mausoleum, built in 1495 in Gao, northern Mali, one week after a suicide bomber o...

2013: The Year in 365 Pictures

AP photographer Jerome Delay remained in Gao, Mali, where he has been covering the conflict. Here, children walk on the Askia mausoleum, built in 1495

Daily Life: In Syria the fertility rate is 2.68 children. There are a few little Syrian kids in the picture above at a refugee camp. I believe that in Syria women now have the right to go to school. They are very lucky because many Arab countries don’t let women go to school.

Harrowing Photos Of Syrian Child Refugees Capture A Generation Lost To War

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