Mali: Not a fragile state yet

by IRIN News

Drissa Keita, 42, fled south to Bamako, the capital of Mali, with 18 family members when Islamist extremists overran Gao in the northeast in early April. Once a civil servant, he now lives eight to a room in his brother’s house, without electricity. “Conditions are very difficult… I want to return – all of my children were born in Gao – but we can’t go back [while it is] under the current regime.”