The United Nations Refugee Agency said refugees are continuing to leave Mali, and some of those internally displaced in the south of the country are fearful of returning to their homes for fear of reprisals.
Reports of unrest and revenge attacks are dissuading groups from travelling back north, the UN said:
Reports show that Tuareg and Arab minorities, in particular, have been targeted because of their perceived support for the rebels, who have been accused of serious abuses against the population.
Throughout ten months of Islamist rule, the people of Timbuktu risked their lives to preserve the artefacts of their ancient heritage.
Francois Hollande is due to visit Timbuktu during his visit to the West African country this weekend. He will be welcomed by many.
Downing Street have been explaining what offers the UK have made to the military effort in Mali.