Since January 2012, Mali has been facing a violent insurgency in the north of the country. But the soldiers on the front line have been growing bitter accusing their commanders of corruption by sending them to fight with little pay and insufficient equipment.
Some are even thinking of changing sides.
Their widows and families back home say they have been forgotten by the nation their men died for.
#BBCAfricaEye investigates the cycle of death, violence and corruption, and asks: is there no end in sight?
Africa Eye brings you original, investigative journalism revealing secrets and rooting out injustice in the world’s most complex and exciting continent. Nothing stays hidden forever.
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Directed and Filmed by – Peggy Bruguière, Marlène Rabaud
Executive Producer – Andy Bell
Executive Producers, ARTE – Stéphanie Lebrun, Stanislas Gazelle
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Narrator – Anne-Marie Dias Borges
Archive – Associated Press
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Original Music – Leopold Roy
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