Mali - The Mayor

This film is part of our multimedia special Trouble in Timbuktu: Several months after French troops put an end to the occupation of Timbuktu, little is working as normal in the ancient desert city. Banks lie empty, looted and ransacked, stifling commerce and preventing payment of salaries and pensions. Electricity is supplied for just a few hours after dark. State institutions - whose weaknesses and corruption have long driven instability in the north – have yet to resume operations. While foreign assistance has allowed schools to reopen and the main hospital to function, most of the civil servants who fled have yet to return. IRIN meets with the city’s mayor. (June 2013)