the timbuktu manuscripts

The name of Malian town Timbuktu conjures up visons of centuries, scholarship, religion, travellers and a long list can follow.

But the recent violence in Mali has not left Timbuktu untouched. The famous library was torched. And what happend to the very old manuscripts. Read about it in the following article.

The Timbuktu manuscripts, estimated to be over 300,000, mainly written in Arabic and local Malian languages, were spirited away from the northern Malian city of Timbuktu after jihadists took control of the city. (Photo, AFP)


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