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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:23 AM

UNESCO pledges to rebuild Maliís vandalised heritage

The United Nations has promised to help rebuild Maliís cultural heritage destroyed by Islamist militants.

As the rebels fled from French and Malian forces, they destroyed many of Timbuktuís legendary world heritage sites. In acts reminiscent of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Islamists had bulldozed mausoleums and burned some ancient manuscripts.

Although, the vast majority of Timbuktuís ancient manuscripts have apparently been unharmed, many vital documents and books have been torched.

Sane Chirfi, a former researcher at the Islamic Research Institute said: ďThere is geometry, medicine, history, geography, fairy tales. And whatís more secret than this are the sale certificates for slaves and the expropriation certificates.Ē


The retreating rebels apparently burned the 'wrong' museum, not the one with the most cultural artifacts. Still it is good for UNESCO to help rebuild what was lost.

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