"There are certain neighbors who are kind and have protected us and others who have not," says Fatouma Arby, the 72-year-old matriarch of the family, dressed in a black robe and headscarf.
The four unmarried women survive off only their small herd of livestock — including two sheep tied to trees out front and a pile of baby goats sleeping in the shade that they can sell one by one for cash.
"I just want people to know I have nothing to do with the Islamists," Bawba says softly as her sister Aguida prepares tea. "I just want to live in peace."
Associated Press writer Baba Ahmed contributed to this report.
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