Malians await the end of the war

Bamako residents are largely grateful for the French military intervention in the country's north.


Bamako, Mali - Life on the streets of the Malian capital continues with surprising normality, even as fighting wages in the north of the country.

Yet many residents here believe their city came far too close to being captured by the armed groups that have occupied much of the north for nearly a year, and say that French military intervention beginning on January 11 helped secure the city.

As French and Malian troops advance further to the north - they recaptured the airport in Gao early on Saturday, and are likely to
push for Timbuktu this weekend - Al Jazeera spoke to people in Bamako to see how they have been affected by the conflict.

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