UNESCO will discuss sending experts to Mali to assess the damage
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African officials and academics meet to discuss ways to repair and safeguard mausoleums and ancient manuscripts in Mali
that were destroyed by Islamist rebels, UN cultural agency UNESCO announced.
The agency is set to discuss sending experts to Mali to assess the damage and try to raise funding to scan and preserve surviving texts.
According to UNESCO, around 2,000 manuscripts may have been lost at the ransacked Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu.
The institute believes that most of some 300,000 centuries-old texts, ranging from scholarly treatises to old commercial invoices, are still in good condition.