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Malian children sing at a Koranic school in Gao, northern Mali, on... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,AQAP,Child,Conflict,Gao City,Gao Region,Horizontal,Mali,Singing,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian children sing at a Koranic school in Gao, northern Mali, on February 13, 2013. Mali risks descending into 'catastrophic' violence, the UN rights chief has warned, after a string of attacks by Islamist rebels increased the pressure on French-led forces in the west African nation. After four days of suicide bombings and guerrilla fighting in the northern city of Gao, fears of fresh attacks were high following a call from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for a holy war. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)