Mali: After Tombs, Manuscripts Are Rebels' Next Target

The Malian city of Timbuktu is not only home to historic mosques and sacred tombs, but also an enormous collection of old manuscripts which are now under threat from a wave of barbarism by salafists who have seized control of northern Mali.
  • Mali:  Rebels Now Target Manuscripts

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 10 July 2012

    The city of Timbuktu in northern Mali is not only home to historic mosques and sacred tombs, but also an enormous collection of old manuscripts that illustrate the rich ... read more »


  • Mali:  Who Will Throw Country's Unwelcome Guests Out?

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 2 July 2012

    I remember Timbuktu, the City of 333 Saints. Sitting with a drink on a terrace overlooking a street and a parking lot. Wandering through the silent streets - not silent because ... read more »

  • Mali:  General Assembly President Condemns Attacks On Malian Mausoleums

    UN News Service, 2 July 2012

    The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today condemned the attacks which have damaged historic mausoleums in northern Mali. read more »

  • Tunisia:  Mali Islamists Destroy More Holy Timbuktu Sites

    Tunis Afrique Presse, 1 July 2012

    Islamist militants, swinging pick-axes and shouting God's praise, destroyed ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu on Saturday, sparking international ... read more »

  • Mali:  Worsening Humanitarian Situation Sparks Concern

    UN News Service, 1 July 2012

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern over the worsening security and humanitarian situation in northern Mali, and by reports that mausoleums in the ancient city ... read more »

  • Mali:  Timbuktu and Askia Tomb Added to List of World Heritage Sites in Danger

    UN News Service, 28 June 2012

    The World Heritage Committee today accepted a request from the Government of Mali to place Timbuktu and the Tomb of Askia on the List of World Heritage in Danger. read more »

  • Mali:  Unesco and Govt Agree on Measures to Protect Cultural Heritage

    UN News Service, 24 May 2012

    The United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding the world's cultural heritage and the Government of Mali have defined measures to safeguard World Heritage Properties in the ... read more »

  • Mali:  Attack On Timbuktu World Heritage Site May Spark Revolt, 7 May 2012

    There are fears that the population of Timbuktu may react violently after fighters from a religious sect desecrated the tomb of a saint. read more »

  • Mali:  Islamists Burn World Heritage Site in Timbuktu

    Radio France Internationale, 7 May 2012

    In the northern Malian city, Timbuktu, Ansar Dine Islamist fighters burned the shrine of a local saint on Friday. The mausoleum is classified as part of a World Heritage site by ... read more »

  • Mali:  Unesco Chief Appeals for Protection of Timbuktu's Documentary Heritage

    UN News Service, 16 April 2012

    Reports that rebels have over-run and looted centres containing thousands of ancient books and documents in Mali's historic city of Timbuktu has led the head of the United Nations ... read more »

  • Mali:  Timbuktu Falls to Rebels, Army Reinstates Constitution

    Radio France Internationale, 1 April 2012

    Mali's army is reported to have deserted the military base of Timbuktu, the last town in the north under government control, as Tuareg separatists pounded it with heavy weapons. ... read more »

  • Mali:  Safeguard Timbuktu's Cultural Heritage, Urges UN

    UN News Service, 2 April 2012

    The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced concern about the risks posed by the latest fighting in Mali to the World ... read more »