Radical Islamists placed limitations on women’s headdresses during their nine-month reign, which ended in January with the arrival of French and Malian troops. The headdresses were criticized by the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, which said they were not Islamic enough.
March 6, 2013 Artisan Hally Bara attaches a Songhai headdress on Bijou Maiga at Bara's home in Gao, Mali. The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO by its French-language initials, placed limitations on the wearing of traditional women's headdresses during its nine-month reign in Gao, which ended in January with the arrival of French and Malian troops. Joe Penney/Reuters Buy Photo