95 lashes in Timbuktu
When Mali closed its airports and borders after a military coup in March, Callimachi drove overland and negotiated her way past panicked guards to get an exclusive from the family of the coup leader. When rebels took over the northern part of Mali, Callimachi’s article shed light on a new al-Qaida stronghold and the atrocities and harsh rule imposed on the area. In Timbuktu, cleared of Islamic rebels by the French military, she relayed hair-raising tales from a moderate community’s close brush with extremism—including that of Salaka, a young woman given 95 lashings in the city’s marketplace as punishment for a love affair. Her story is shared here in Harouna Traore’s photos and Moustapha Diallo’s video, which includes audio recorded by the village butcher during Salaka’s whipping.