Mali conflict: Timbuktu celebrates end of Islamist rule

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Yacouba Toure and a couple of his friends have gathered around his crackling radio in Mali’s historic city of Timbuktu, soon after French-led troops captured it from militant Islamists.

They are sitting on the dusty steps of a hair salon, feet tapping to the rhythm of music.

“Music is a pleasure for us,” Mr Toure says.

“We can now dance and do whatever we want: We can walk together with women, we can shout, we’re the young people of Timbuktu, this is what we like doing.”

Music was banned under the strict Islamic law that militant Islamists imposed when they took over the ancient desert city last year.

All traditional folklore and ceremonies that make Malian culture vibrant were declared blasphemous.

Other people soon join Mr Toure’s little gathering, and a man offers to make some tea.

The militants banned men and women from mixing in public.

Now, Karia Cisse, who is passing by with a basket full of smoked fish on her head, grabs a cup.

“We can chit-chat with our brothers, our friends, and even our boyfriends,” she says.

“It’s a real pleasure, we’re so happy. I want to thank God.”

Residents of Timbuktu can again enjoy the simple things they were used to, before the city fell under Islamist control 10 months ago.

Written By: Thomas Fessy
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24 COMMENTS

  1. “It’s a real pleasure, we’re so happy. I want to thank God.”

    Oh Dear!

    God was the reason for her oppression, and now we must praise him.
    Interestingly, there was an article earlier regarding parasites that force their hosts into strange behaviour ……

  2. Well, there’s a brilliant example of cognitive dissonance for you.

    Still, I’m happy for her. Just imagine the banning of music?

    How does it go? A foot stamping into a human face forever?

    Anvil.

  3. In reply to #4 by Jon Snow:

    “It’s a real pleasure, we’re so happy. I want to thank God.”

    They really just do not get it …do they?

    Let it go man, let it go…!

    I just hope the armed forces can keep the trolls rotting in their caves. No one in the world wants their sick ideology.

  4. In reply to #1 by richard jr miles

    In reply to #2 by Rosbif

    In reply to #3 by Anvil

    _In reply to #4 by Jon Snow_

    I’m not really sure what you would expect someone with Karia Cisse’s background to say.

    “A couple of years ago the people in our community probably would have thanked God for this deliverance but since reading The God Delusion and God is Not Great on our Kindles we now recognise how foolish that would have sounded.”

  5. Ms Djikke was arrested at around 23:00 on New Year’s Eve as she went for a romantic ride on her boyfriend’s motorcycle.

    When they arrived in front of his house, her boyfriend saw four jihadis coming at them. She did not see them and got off the bike.

    “He drove off and got away, but they rushed at me and whipped me.”

    Her boyfriend managed to escape and reached the capital, Bamako.

    I think you’re better off without him, Salaka.

  6. In reply to #6 by Katy Cordeth:

    In reply to #1 by richard jr miles

    In reply to #2 by Rosbif

    In reply to #3 by Anvil

    In reply to #4 by Jon Snow

    I’m not really sure what you would expect someone with Karia Cisse’s background to say.

    “A couple of years ago the people in our community probably would have thanked God for this deliverance but since reading The God Delusion and God is Not Great on our Kindles we now recognise how foolish that would have sounded.”

    Yep, I agree.

    But I wish I’d have been the hack interviewing her. I’d have suggested thanking the French.

    Anvil.

  7. In reply to #3 by Anvil:

    Well, there’s a brilliant example of cognitive dissonance for you.

    Still, I’m happy for her. Just imagine the banning of music?

    How does it go? A foot stamping into a human face forever?

    Anvil.

    I forgot to add,

    “…a foot stamping into a human face forever … but a-rhythmically in order to comply with sharia.

    Anvil.

  8. It’s perfectly reasonable to thank God when something good happens, because if God controls everything, then he also controls human behavior. (If God didn’t control everything, he wouldn’t be God.)

  9. In reply to #10 by Bipedal_Primate:

    It’s perfectly reasonable to thank God when something good happens, because if God controls everything, then he also controls human behavior. (If God didn’t control everything, he wouldn’t be God.)

    Like a chess player who moves both the white and the black pieces? Well that would make all of this a pretty futile exercise ;)

  10. Katy Cordeth @ 6

    I’m not really sure what you would expect someone with Karia Cisse’s background to say.

    Well I do concede the point …but surely anyway you shake this cocktail…the dots do seem rather obvious all you have got to do is join the things!

  11. I have reached the carefully considered conclusion that the Islamists are most emphatically not distorting Islam.

    They are engaged in a totally valid interpetation of it.

    Religious apologists will proffer the “distortion” excuse, but I don’t by it.

    Does that make me an extremist?

    As always, I stand to be corrected.

    But right now, I’m going to go and have some enjoyment of life, – none of your business! – just like those women in the image above; albeit, that the camera always lies.

  12. In reply to #13 by Stafford Gordon:

    I have reached the carefully considered conclusion that the Islamists are most emphatically not distorting Islam.

    They are engaged in a totally valid interpetation of it.

    Absolutely correct, sir. RD was castigated by some for terming these Islamists “barbarians”. Go figure…

    Religious apologists will proffer the “distortion” excuse, but I don’t by it.

    Does that make me an extremist?

    As always, I stand to be corrected.

    But right now, I’m going to go and have some enjoyment of life, – none of your business! – just like those women in the image above; albeit, that the camera always lies.

  13. I think one of the most powerful abilities a mammal can have is the ability to fantasize. Too bad most fantasizing mammals cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Too bad they probably do not care to.

  14. Stop grumbling about the “thank God” statement. Be glad this place has been liberated from that evil music-and-fun-hating cult. Roll on the next place, and the next until such cults are a mere footnote in history.

  15. In reply to #9 by Anvil:

    In reply to #3 by Anvil:

    Well, there’s a brilliant example of cognitive dissonance for you.

    Still, I’m happy for her. Just imagine the banning of music?

    How does it go? A foot stamping into a human face forever?

    Anvil.

    I forgot to add,

    “…a foot stamping into a human face forever … but a-rhythmically in order to comply with sharia.

    Anvil.

    Are the jihadists concerned with sand worms?

    Side Note: My spellchecker is asking me if I want to change jihadists to sadistic.

  16. OMD!! (Oh My Dog!) She still wants to thank that horrible thingy!!! Just what does it take to get through to these types!?

    Please..when will The God Virus by Darrel Ray be translated into her local language? I think this should be a very high priority for the RDF for 2013/2014 – The God Virus to be available in ALL languages.

    It’s up to us people, donate more now,we don’t really need burgers and fancy coffees..

  17. Just look at the “terrible abuse” of criminal Muslim prisoners in the UK – they have been consigned to (traces of) Hell!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21302925 – ‘Traces of pork DNA’ found in halal prison meat -

    Under Islamic law, Muslims are strictly forbidden to eat pork.

    In a statement, Mr Wright said the Prison Service was investigating the incident “as a matter of urgency”.

    onislam.net/english/news/europe/461158-pork-traces-in-prisons-halal-food-angers-uk

    Discovering the issue, Wright ordered all prisons to withdraw halal-labeled products immediately.

    “Clearly this must be distressing for those affected and they can be reassured we are doing everything we can to resolve the situation,” he said.

    “The Prison Service is investigating this as a matter of urgency.”

    The incident was made public after a spokeswoman for the Food Standards Agency said the ‘halal’ meat supplied to prisons involved traces of pork

  18. Thank god is just an expression.
    I for one thank god (in just the expression sense) that brave men have risked their lives to bring joy back in to these young people’s world. Amen to that.

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