Malian Refugees

Rattled recent arrivals at a sprawling 92,000-person makeshift camp in Mbera describe an influx of jihadists — some homegrown and others possibly from far-flung places — intent on imposing an Islam of lash and gun. Photo by Lynsey Addario

Rattled recent arrivals at a sprawling 92,000-person makeshift camp in Mbera describe an influx of jihadists — some homegrown and others possibly from far-flung places — intent on imposing an Islam of lash and gun. Photo by Lynsey Addario

Hundreds of thousands have fled Mali after extreme Islamist took hold of the country. Many headed for Mauritania where relief workers are working to feed the over 92,000 who entered the makeshift refugee camp on the border. Conditions are grim as food and medical supplies cannot sustain the steady flow of refugees, many already starving after the long trek across the Sahara. Unlike most refugee situations, Mali is unique as it stems from the religious takeover of the regions Bamako, where witnesses report floggings and other punishments stemming from violating Islamic rule. Women are particularly vulnerable as many compare the jihadi Tuareg rebels to the Taliban of Afghanistan.

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