In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 photo, children attend a class in a madrassa (religious school) in Gao, northern Mali. Nearly a month after the al-Qaida-linked militants were driven out o

 

              In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 photo, children attend a class in a madrassa (religious school) in Gao, northern Mali. Nearly a month after the al-Qaida-linked militants were driven out o
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 photo, children attend a class in a madrassa (religious school) in Gao, northern Mali. Nearly a month after the al-Qaida-linked militants were driven out of Gao and into the surrounding villages, students are now returning to the city's Quranic schools. Many classrooms, though, are still half full, as tens of thousands of people fled the fighting and strict Islamic rule imposed by the extremists. However, other pupils left Gao not with their families but with the Islamic fighters when they retreated, say human rights activists and local officials. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)