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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Aboubacar Ag Ahmadou, 45, right, poses for a portrait with his family near their shelter in Goudebou refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 10, 2013. He fled on a cart pulled by a donkey with his wife and two infants. Attached to the cart was one goat. He said that the goat reminded him of all the things he had worked hard to acquire back home.
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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Mamma Wallet Bona, 40, center, and her children, pose for a portrait inside their shelter at Damba refugee camp in Burkina Faso, March 11, 2013. The most important thing that Mamma was able to bring with her was the tea set that her daughter holds in this photograph. The life of the Tuareg is the tea, she says. It gives us energy, even when there is no food.
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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Agade Ag Mohammed, 71, poses for a portrait inside his shelter at Damba refugee camp in Burkina Faso, March 11, 2013. The most important object that he was able to bring with him is the walking stick, that he holds in this photograph. Not only did Agade use the stick to walk beside his family, but would use it to drive the donkeys forward.
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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Omar Al Bashir, 65, poses for a portrait with his children at the Mentao refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 13, 2013. The day he fled Mali, he decided to leave all his belongings behind, including his house and the school where he would teach.
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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Waribidad Wallet Ayuba poses for a portrait with her three granddaughters outside of their shelter in Mentao refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 14, 2013. The most important thing that Waribidad was able to bring with her is the metal chest she sits upon. She said that inside it was jewelry and clothes which are needed for ceremonies, such as weddings.
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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Homaia Ag Bara, 60, front-center, poses for a portrait with his family near their shelter in Mentao refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 14, 2013. The most important thing for him has been his two donkeys, which allowed him to save his seven children.
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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Abdou Ag Moussa, 34, poses for a portrait with his family outside of their shelter in Mentao refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 15, 2013. The most important object that Abdou was able to flee Mali with was his motorcycle. After burying his mother, Abdou put his wife and children into a car. He and his father followed on the motorcycle, which he says saved their lives.
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  • The Most Important Thing, Portraits of Refugees

    Malian refugee Habib Ag Mohamed, 48, poses with his son Hama in Mentao refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 15, 2013. The most important thing Habib brought with him is his turban. "The Turban is my guardian as it protects my identity and my faith, without it, I would feel unprotected." <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/PhotoGallery/" target="external">ABC News Photo Galleries</a>
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