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Postcard Business Delivers New Life to Timbuktu Post Office

Timbuktu's post office lacks both windows and doors. The only furniture inside the low brick building is a desk for the city's only postman, Ousmane Aliou Maiga. Mail piles up in the adjoining room – letters, bills, debt collection demands. So many residents fled when conflict began in the north during 2012. "We have been abandoned by the state," said Maiga. "For a long time I didn't even bother to open the office. No one was sending any letters anymore. Then...

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