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Mon 18 Feb 2013

UNESCO holds meeting to discuss reparation of Mali heritage following violence

  • By Yafit Lazar and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Paris, Île-de-France, France

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.

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