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Mali: The Desert Blues

In 2001, two unlikely friends created a music festival in Mali that drew the likes of Bono and Robert Plant. Then radical Islam tore them apart.

Mali: The Battle of the Ametettaï Valley

A year and a half ago, the world watched crowds cheer as French soldiers liberated Timbuktu and Gao. But the real war was unfolding hundreds of miles away: in a desolate valley called the Ametettaï.

Mali: The Unsung Hero of Timbuktu

Abdel Kader Haidara earned much media attention for smuggling 377,000 manuscripts from Timbuktu during Al Qaeda's occupation. The real hero was his nephew, who repeatedly put his life on the line

Life on Mali's Niger River

Ali Farka Touré and other Malian artists drew inspiration from the Niger, a sinuous waterway that has supported life for thousands of years. Now that Al Qaeda is gone, the music has returned.

This Week in Review: Escape From Timbuktu

Tom Hundley shares this weeks reporting on the rare manuscripts smuggled from inside Timbuktu's hallowed libraries, child laborers in Burkina Faso and a conflict free tin mining initiative in the DRC.

This Week in Review: The Children Left Behind

Pulitzer Center Senior Editor Tom Hundley highlights this week's reporting on the military coup in Mali's capital, Bamako and the feature on the families of China's migrant factory workers.