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A Malian transports wood with a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. Picture taken February 4, 2013 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Malian transports wood with a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. Picture taken February 4, 2013 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Malian transports wood with a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. Picture taken February 4, 2013 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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The Niger River is seen at dawn in Kabara February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Niger River is seen at dawn in Kabara February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Niger River is seen at dawn in Kabara February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Malian children ride on a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Malian children ride on a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Malian children ride on a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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A Malian transports wood with a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Malian transports wood with a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Malian transports wood with a donkey cart on the road between Timbuktu and Douentza February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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