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Timbuktu Residents Get Electricity Many Can’t Afford

One of the first things Mali’s new government did after the end of the Islamist occupation of the north was to restore the power grid and introduce a voucher payment system. For residents of Timbuktu it has become a hardship - sometimes having to choose between electricity or food on the table. When the Islamists ruled Timbuktu, electricity was scarce but at least it was free. Now, says Doumbia Baby, there is power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many, however, can’t afford to pay for the...

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