With paint and patrols, Mali's Gao erases Islamist trace

Expatica Netherlands 1 February 2013

Armed with fresh paint and patrols, Mali's key northern city of Gao is trying to wipe out the traces left behind by the Islamists who ruled it until French and Malian forces came to its rescue last weekend.

A giant billboard declaring: "together for the sake of God almighty and the fight against sinners," used to remind the city's residents of the power of their former Sharia-law rulers (continue reading...)