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OCT 08, 2013 - Huffington Post

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Timbuktu's Basketball Dreams Revive After Al Qaeda Defeat

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- When the jihadists came to town last April, it took a little while for Ageysha to realize she wouldn't be playing basketball anymore. A slim, steely, 15-year-old at the time, Ageysha made a plan: She would cover herself in a face-concealing niqab and full-length burka, as the Islamists demanded, and wear it while she walked to the courts. Once there, she'd cast off the extra fabric, except long pants for good measure, and dribble away. "I thought we could just cover our bodies and keep playing," she said recently as she sat in the shade near the basketball courts of an ... Read More

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