Plan to Save Mali Cultural Treasures

At a meeting at Unesco headquarters in Paris, an action plan was drawn up to rescue what remains of Mali's cultural heritage.

  • Mali:  U.S.$7.5m Plan to Save Cultural Treasures

    Radio France Internationale, 19 February 2013

    11 of Timbuktu's 16 mausoleums have been demolished and up to 3000 priceless manuscripts have been destroyed, since islamists took control of northern Mali in 2012. read more »

Timbuktu mud mosque.

  • Mali:  Experts at UN Forum Adopt Plan to Safeguard Mali's Cultural Heritage

    UN News Service, 18 February 2013

    International experts and decision-makers meeting at a United Nations forum in Paris today adopted an action plan to rehabilitate and safeguard Mali's cultural heritage, which has ... read more »

  • Egypt:  Al-Azhar Condemns Burning of 20,000 Manuscripts in Mali

    Egypt State Information Service, 31 January 2013

    Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyeb condemned burning of Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Mali. read more »

  • Mali:  Timbuktu's Priceless Manuscripts Torched

    Radio France Internationale, 28 January 2013

    Islamists torched a building where priceless ancient manuscripts were stored, as they fled Mali's famous desert city of Timbuktu, which French-led troops were surrounding on ... read more »

  • Mali:  Unesco Chief Deplores New Destruction of Timbuktu Mausoleums

    Moroccan American Center for Policy, 25 December 2012

    The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on the international community to act urgently to protect Mali's cultural ... read more »

  • Mali:  New Attacks on Timbuktu Heritage Sites Deplored

    UN News Service, 25 December 2012

    The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on the international community to act urgently to protect Mali's cultural ... read more »

  • Mauritania:  Nation Backs Mali Heritage Preservation

    Magharebia, 16 December 2012

    "All efforts to support the city of Timbuktu and to protect its cultural heritage contribute to peace," the Mauritanian president said. read more »

  • Mali:  Nation's Cultural Riches Forgotten in Crisis (analysis)

    African Arguments, 26 September 2012

    In all the depressing headlines about Mali becoming West Africa's 'new Afghanistan', or the frustrated editorials about the country's apparent political paralysis (the ICG's Gilles ... read more »

  • Mali:  State Dept. On Destruction of Muslim Shrines in Timbuktu (document)

    United States Department of State, 11 July 2012

    A statement by Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State on the destruction of Muslim shrines in Timbuktu: read more »

  • 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:  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:  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 »