Trouble in Timbuktu

North Mali after the occupation.

On 2 April 2012, Islamist militants, including some self-styled jihadists, overran the ancient desert city of Timbuktu, in northern Mali. They installed a brutal and alien form of Sharia law, which remained in effect until a French intervention force put them to flight nine months later. This series looks at life under (and after) Islamic rule through several inhabitants of Timbuktu.