Ferhat Bouda has visited Kidal, fief of the Tuareg rebellion in North Mali, 1200 kilometers from Bamako, a major strategic stake and a mirror of local instability. His images powerfully testify to a situation that is as much in the media as it is little known; the daily life of the members of the independence movement: training of new recruits, securing their positions and the total administration of several towns and villages (Kidal, In Khalil, Tessalit etc.).
The zone controlled by the Tuareg independence fighters remains very dangerous because of the presence of groups of drug traffickers and jihadists on the ground. The MNLA, caught up in a multitude of intersecting conflicts, is actively recruiting to avoid assaults by Islamists. For the first time in the history of the Tuareg rebellion, women also decided to take up arms. Indeed, in this society, women enjoy an unequalled status: holders of knowledge and wealth, they are the guardians of traditions. From then on, their involvement in the military conflict is the sign of a new evolution of the rebellion.