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Arabs, Tuaregs Return to Timbuktu Under Cloud of Suspicion

When Timbuktu was liberated in 2013, many Arab and Tuareg residents fled out of fear of retribution after being accused of supporting the Islamist occupation. Now many are returning to find they are still under suspicion. On the northwestern edge of Timbuktu, where the city gives way to the endless Sahara, a young man, a Tuareg, sits in front of a mud house. He’s playing an n’goni, a string-instrument common in West Africa. As the Islamist militias gained ground in 2012, he fled to the...

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