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In pictures: Scenes from Mali
Meet a nation struggling for an ordinary life while caught amid war and international diplomacy.
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 12:05

Bamako, Mali - Despite the constant reminders of an ongoing war in the North, daily life in Bamako and in many of Mali's other major cities continues, for the most part, as normal.
 
Yet political turmoil and fears that recent military victories may be short-lived have ensured that the mood in the West African country remains cautious. While French and Malian forces have made rapid advances, the threat of a conventional war turning into a shadowy insurgency looms over the population.
 
Regardless, a recent visit by French President Francois Hollande, and a victory by the Malian football team to secure a semi-final spot in the Africa Cup of Nations, have lifted the mood greatly across the country. 
 
The following photos reflect a population caught in the middle of international diplomacy, war and everyday life.

George Henton/Al Jazeera
A man watches as a local football team plays a match in the area of Badalabougou, in Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A man plays boules in the gardens of the Cultural Palace in Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
Two young children play by the side of the River Niger as it runs through the middle of the Malian capital, Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A woman pauses underneath the Malian and French flags which are displayed side by side throughout Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A man sings at a crowded local bar in Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
Two children pose at the port in the city of Mopti, the gateway to much of the North of the country.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A crowd of children forms at a small village outside of Sevare in central Mali.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
Children at a small village between the cities of Bamako and Segou peer through the window of a press vehicle.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A woman with her child sit in a crowded bus as they travel south, away from the violence of the North.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
United States Air Force pilots prepare to depart from Bamako-Senou Airport in a C17 transport aircraft.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
French soldiers stand guard near the entrance of a French military base at Bamako-Senou Airport.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A French Army resupply convoy travels north from Segou to Gao.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A Malian solider stands guard at Bamako-Senou airport as French President Francois Hollande was due to land.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
A man shows his support for the French military intervention before a speech by French President Francois Hollande at the Place de L'independance in Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
French President Francois Hollande speaks at the Place de L'independance in Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
Jubilant crowds greet French President Francois Hollande at the Place de L'independance in Bamako.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
Crowds celebrate at the Place de L'independance in Bamako after listening to a speech by French President Francois Hollande.


George Henton/Al Jazeera
Exuberant crowds celebrate Mali's victory over South Africa in the Quarter Finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.


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A French Army resupply convoy travels north from Segou to Gao.

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A French Army resupply convoy travels north from Segou to Gao.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=0cPn9EdbERglUA Malian solider stands guard at Bamako-Senou airport as French President Francois Hollande was due to land.Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=0cPn9EdbERglUGeorge HentonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA Malian solider stands guard at Bamako-Senou airport as French President Francois Hollande was due to land. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=02KaciG7l6bhLA man shows his support for the French military intervention before a speech by French President Francois Hollande at the Place de L'independance in Bamako.Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=02KaciG7l6bhLGeorge HentonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA man shows his support for the French military intervention before a speech by French President Francois Hollande at the Place de L'independance in Bamako. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=02hNdtUcTw9c9

French President Francois Hollande speaks at the Place de L'independance in Bamako.

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French President Francois Hollande speaks at the Place de L'independance in Bamako.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=06PO22IcqC98aJubilant crowds greet French President Francois Hollande at the Place de L'independance in Bamako.Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=06PO22IcqC98aGeorge HentonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesJubilant crowds greet French President Francois Hollande at the Place de L'independance in Bamako. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=0blDgoX7jhbaTCrowds celebrate at the Place de L'independance in Bamako after listening to a speech by French President Francois Hollande.Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=0blDgoX7jhbaTGeorge HentonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesCrowds celebrate at the Place de L'independance in Bamako after listening to a speech by French President Francois Hollande. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=02rW2TgbK2fe0Exuberant crowds celebrate Mali's victory over South Africa in the Quarter Finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mali_update?image_id=02rW2TgbK2fe0George HentonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesExuberant crowds celebrate Mali's victory over South Africa in the Quarter Finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.


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