Mali’s Tuareg rebels, who have seized control of the country’s distant north in the chaotic aftermath of a military coup in the capital, declared independence.
April 6, 2012 Young people from North Mali stage a protest against the occupation of the north by Tuareg rebel fighters in Bamako. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), Mali's Tuareg rebels, declared independence Friday in the north, splitting the coup-wracked country in two amid warnings that the west African nation was on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. The placard reads, "Stop Dreaming of an Ideal Country, Let's Work for North Mali." Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo