The glories of life in Northern Mali now that the Islamists have taken over.
Women and girls no longer have to suffer the indignity of having naked hair and necks, because they are all required to wear the hijab.
Poor Toula for instance used to be able to swim in the Niger river, but happily for her she can no longer do that.
“These barbarians have refused everything. They don’t want to see girls bathing,” says Toula who, like other residents, asked her last name not be used.
The freedoms formerly enjoyed by Toula and other women in Gao, previously one of the region’s most cosmopolitan and lively towns, disappeared almost overnight.
Most noticeably, women are now forced to
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