After the fall of Gaddafi, the heavily armed Tuareg militia returned to Mali with the intention of reconquering Azawad, the land that they (the Tuaregs) have claimed since 1963. It is an area of transhumance which spans five countries. Ferhat Bouda, an Algerian photographer living in Frankfurt emphasises that he became a photographer to document all aspects of Berber culture. It led him at the start of 2012 to share the everyday life of the soldiers from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). He brought back rare images of this conflict which has henceforth affected France bound to the Malian state.
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