How many of Timbuktu's priceless manuscripts were destroyed?

From Foreign Policy Mon Jan 28 2013, 16:01:08

Islamist rebels apparently decided to take one last shot at the city of Timbuktu's cultural heritage as they fled Malian and French troops. Reuters reports

Timbuktu Mayor Ousmane Halle reported that departing Islamist gunmen had set ablaze a South African-funded library in the city containing thousands of invaluable manuscripts.

"The rebels set fire to the newly-constructed Ahmed Baba Institute built by the South Africans ... This happened four days ago," Ousmane told Reuters by telephone from Bamako. He said he had received the information from his chief of communications who had traveled south from the city a day ago.

Ousmane was not able to immediately say how much the concrete building had been damaged. He added the rebels also set fire to his office and the home of a member of parliament.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Afrique:   Accra aux rythmes des droits de la santé sexuelle et reproductive (news)
allAfrica.com
8 February 2016

Accra, la capitale ghanéenne grouille au rythme de sonorités de sensibilisation à 48 h de l'ouverture officielle de la 7ème Conférence Africaine sur les Droits de la ... [read more]

Africa:   Sub-Saharan Africa Lags Behind On Poverty Eradication (news)
Africa Renewal
3 February 2016

Burkina Faso, a landlocked West African country south of the Sahara Desert, has been in the news since political unrest erupted there in 2014. Had peace prevailed, the country would have had a moment ... [read more]

Nigeria:   Army to Court-Martial Officers, Soldiers Over Borno Attacks (press release)
Premium Times
8 February 2016

The Nigerian Army has set up a court-martial to try cases of misconduct, indiscipline, among other misconducts that led to recent deadly attacks on Dalori and other Borno communities. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...