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Photographer Brent Stirton spent a total of one month in 2009 and 2010 documenting life in Timbuktu, Mali for National Geographic magazine.

Timbuktu was once one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, but now its a country ravaged by wars, drug cartels and a struggling economy.

Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) have a firm hold on the north, South American drug cartels smuggle cocaine through the region and Tuareg, a group of nomads have waged a series of rebellions against the Mali and Niger governments and only recently brokered peace.



Many worry that due to the impoverished conditions; former fighters will turn to AQIM or the drug cartels.



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