Mali Retaking the North

October 14, 2012 - 10:34 AM
In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo, former Timbuktu souvenir vendor Mamadou Sekere smokes alongside some of his children at the home where they have taken refuge in Mopti, Mali. Before Islamists seized the northern half of Mali, Sekere sold masks and jewelry in Timbuktu to European tourists who rode camels and slept in the desert under the stars. Ordinary Malians and international experts alike are not sure what will reunite and bring back political stability to a country that until recently had a reputation as one of West Africa's most steady democracies. Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and regional body ECOWAS are to consider the situation on Oct. 19, 2012 in a meeting in Mali's capital, Bamako. (AP Photo)