Fear, conflict and starvation in Mali
The Today programme's Mike Thomson has been reporting on the plight of the people of Mali in West Africa.
First came the drought which left a quarter of its people hungry. Then, in April, the entire north of the country was overrun by Islamist extremists.
With pressure building for military action to retake the north, and food supplies at rock bottom, most people simply have their eyes on survival.
Mike has had very rare access to the Mali army, which is attempting to regain control from extremists.
The Kone family were forced to flee their home in Gao to escape both malnutrition and the Islamist extremists problems.
The Sacko/Kouyate family are all musicians and have played with Bono from U2 at the Festival of the Desert, an annual event which will not be taking place in Mali this year due to the insurgence.