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March 4, 2013Posted by on
Associated Press photojournalist Jerome Delay has spent recent months in Mali, documenting in powerful images the struggles in the landlocked country in West Africa.
In January 2012 a Tuareg rebellion began in Northern Mali, led by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad. In March, military officer Amadou Sanogo seized power in a coup d’état, citing failures in quelling the rebellion, and leading to sanctions and an embargo by the Economic Community of West African States.
The MNLA quickly took control of the north, declaring independence as Azawad. However, Islamist groups including Al-Qaeda, who had helped the MNLA defeat the government, turned on the Tuareg and took control of the North with the goal of implementing Sharia Law in Mali.
On 11 January 2013, the French Armed Forces intervened at the request of Sanogo’s government. The coordinated advance of the French and Malian troops claimed to have retaken the last remaining Islamist stronghold of Kidal, which was also the last of three northern provincial capitals. from The Denver Post
Footprints from worshippers are left in the sand at the ancient Askia mausoleum’s mosque, built in 1495 in Gao, northern Mali, Saturday Feb. 9, 2013. On Friday, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed himself attempting to blow up an army checkpoint, the first time a suicide bomber operated in Mali. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Issa Alzouma, 39, poses in front of his home in Gao, northern Mali. Alzouma’s arm was amputated by Islamist radicals on Dec. 21, 2012, after an Islamic tribunal charged him with spying. Alzouma, a father of three, denied the charges, and said he was just changing the faulty plug on his motorcycle’s engine alongside the road. The extremists fled the city Saturday as French, Chadian and Nigerian troops arrived, ending 10 months of radical Islamic control over the city. But the intervention came too late for Alzouma and the other men who lost their hands and probably their livelihoods, too, when the militants carried out amputations as punishments for theft and other alleged crimes under their strict interpretation of Shariah, or Islamic law. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
Travelers driving from Niamey, Niger, line up to be searched at the entrance of Gao, northern Mali, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Soldiers from Niger and Mali patrolled downtown Gao on foot Tuesday, combing the sand footpaths through empty market stalls to prevent radical Islamic fighters from returning to this embattled city in northern Mali. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
March 1, 2013Posted by on
From the Denver Post some startling images
Black poplars are pictured at Fuente Vaqueros, near Granada on February 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLER #
In this photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru a meteorite contrail is seen over Chelyabinsk on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/Chelyabinsk.ru) #
An Indian Hindu vendor stands alongside offerings for sale as he waits for customers near the Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 17, 2013. The Kumbh Mela in the town of Allahabad will see up to 100 million worshippers gather over 55 days to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings. AFP PHOTO/ Andrew Caballero-Reynolds #
Children walk on the Askia mausoleum, built in 1495 in Gao, northern Mali, Friday Feb. 15, 2013, one week after a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed himself attempting to blow up an army checkpoint at the entrance of the town. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) #
Sona Nakarmi, 7, writes on a wall at the Saraswati temple during the Shreepanchami festival in Kathmandu February 15, 2013. Children are given their first writing and reading lessons at the temple during this festival in the belief that the goddess of education Saraswati will help them excel in education. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar #
“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings in the Pretoria Magistrates court February 19, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko #
A Malian soldier looks on during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney #