Mali's Displaced Hopeful of Return Home as Rebels Melt Away

January 28, 2013 by

As French and Malian government troops push back rebel fighters in Mali, those displaced by the fighting are looking forward to going home.  From the Chicago Tribune, which mentions CRS’ camp for displaced persons in the town of Sevare:

SEVARE, Mali (Reuters) – Refugees crowded excitedly around crackling radios at a camp in the central Mali town of Sevare on Saturday evening as French and Malian forces seized the Islamist rebel bastion of Gao.

“I want very badly to go back home,” said 19-year-old Amadou Maiga, who left Gao three months ago after rebels controlling it burned his school – declaring it a violation of Islam – and recruited his classmates as cooks and child soldiers.

“Today we have real hope,” he added, as other men in the camp sipped tea and buzzed about the latest headlines. Children played in the dust nearby and the smell of cooking fires filled the air. A child slept in a cardboard box.

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