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A Trip Through Hell: Daily Life in Islamist Northern Mali
Speigal ^ | Paul Hyacinthe Mben

Posted on 10/29/2012 11:54:40 AM PDT by Lorianne

For months, an Islamist regime has been terrorizing northern Mali. Hundreds of thousands have already fled the region, and those who have stayed behind are experiencing new forms of cruelty with each passing day. A SPIEGEL reporter documents a two-week journey through a region Europe fears will become the next Somalia. ___

A checkpoint set up by the Islamist police on the road to Gao marks the beginning of the region controlled by the new rulers of northern Mali. Adolescents wielding Kalashnikovs stand at the barrier with their legs apart. The oldest one keeps repeating the same instructions through a megaphone: "No cigarettes, no CDs, no radios, no cameras, no jewelry," an endless loop of prohibitions, a list of everything that's haram, or impure, with which this journey to the north begins. The men stand guard in the name of the Prophet Muhammad. With arrogant gestures, they stop the few long-distance buses still coming from southern Mali. One of the men, holding his weapon at the ready, inspects the busses by walking down the aisle and checking to make sure everyone is in compliance with the Islamists' rules: Are women and men sitting in separate areas? Are the women wearing the hijab? And are the men wearing trousers that reach to their ankles, the kind of trousers that radical Muslims believe the Prophet favored? They are now obligatory in Gao.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: africa

1 posted on 10/29/2012 11:54:41 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Refresh my memory. What is the name of the ideology of death and destruction that the current occupant of the oval office favors?


2 posted on 10/29/2012 12:17:07 PM PDT by I want the USA back
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