Child Soldiers in Mali A Skinny Boy with a Kalashnikov

The war robbed him of a homeland but in the refugee camp there was no future. That's why Abdallah and his friends returned -- to fight as child soldiers against Mali's hated government.
Child soldiers in northern Mali (archive photo)

Child soldiers in northern Mali (archive photo)

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Areas of the Sahel under control of Islamist militias

Areas of the Sahel under control of Islamist militias

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Photo Gallery: Life in a Desert Camp
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Photo Gallery: Life in a Desert Camp

Tinalbarka Walid Amano is 16 and has lived in Mbera since 2012

Tinalbarka Walid Amano is 16 and has lived in Mbera since 2012

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Tuareg refugee children: "Azawad, Azawad."

Tuareg refugee children: "Azawad, Azawad."

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan