Associated Press West Africa bureau chief Rukmini Callimachi and her colleagues spent six months tracking down "what we would rather not have found: six bodies in the desert, including that of a 70-year-old grandfather who had become a symbol of the killings," she writes.
There have been many reports of the Malian military's involvement in the disappearance of Arab or Tuareg people after it reclaimed control of the country's north from an occupation led by Al-Qaida. Callimachi was following a story she'd heard about a man named "Vieux" Ali Ould Kabbad who'd disappeared.
A source in Mali's military pointed Callimachi toward two bodies. A shepherd led her to two more. (more...)