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In this image taken on Saturday Jan. 31, 2013, Baba Ahmed, 26, AP’s correspondent in Bamako walks down a street in Timbuktu, Mali. In Baba Ahmed's own words, not a single light could be seen in my hometown of Timbuktu as we approached it at night just days after it was liberated from the al-Qaida-linked militants who ruled for nearly 10 months. The last time Baba had visited was in May, a month after the Islamic rebels seized Timbuktu. After my visit I covered my hometown’s plight for The Associated Press from the distant capital of Bamako, straining for information over the telephone each week about what had become of this city I love. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

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In this image taken on Saturday Jan. 31, 2013, Baba Ahmed, 26, AP’s correspondent in Bamako walks down a street in Timbuktu, Mali. In Baba Ahmed's own words, not a single light could be seen in my hometown of Timbuktu as we approached it at night just days after it was liberated from the al-Qaida-linked militants who ruled for nearly 10 months. The last time Baba had visited was in May, a month after the Islamic rebels seized Timbuktu. After my visit I covered my hometown’s plight for The Associated Press from the distant capital of Bamako, straining for information over the telephone each week about what had become of this city I love.  (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)
In this image taken on Saturday Jan. 31, 2013, Baba Ahmed, 26, AP’s correspondent in Bamako walks down a street in Timbuktu, Mali. In Baba Ahmed's own words, not a single light could be seen in my hometown of Timbuktu as we approached it at night just days after it was liberated from the al-Qaida-linked militants who ruled for nearly 10 months. The last time Baba had visited was in May, a month after the Islamic rebels seized Timbuktu. After my visit I covered my hometown’s plight for The Associated Press from the distant capital of Bamako, straining for information over the telephone each week about what had become of this city I love. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)
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