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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY BOUREIMA HAMA Abdellah Ould Hamaid, a Tuareg,... News PhotoCity,Election,Escape,Gao City,Gao Region,Horizontal,Mali,Month,Politics,Selling,Soda,TuaregPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPTO GO WITH AFP STORY BY BOUREIMA HAMA Abdellah Ould Hamaid, a Tuareg, who returned to Gao two months ago after fleeing the city fearing reprisals from the population, sells sodas in Gao on July 26, 2013. An ancient capital of West Africa's Songhai empire, the Malian city of Gao was for centuries a bustling trade centre for Tuareg nomads taking lucrative camel caravans of gold, salt and dates across the Sahara desert. These days, visitors are unlikely to find much business being done, the dusty tree-lined avenues emptied of many of the mud-brick shops which thrived before Islamist invaders occupied the city last year. AFP PHOTO / BOUREIMA HAMA (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)