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Mali residents flee al-Qaeda-backed extremists

More than 430,000 people have fled the north of Mali since April, when al-Qaeda-linked extremists took control of the country.

The crisis comes on the back of a major drought which has left more than four-and-a-half million people across Mali threatened by malnutrition.

Mali's army says it is confident of re-taking the area but those who have left are less optimistic.

The BBC's Mike Thomson spoke to one family who fled.

  • 29 Aug 2012