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Abr12

"Timbuktu: Mali's treasure at risk from armed uprising"

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For centuries, Timbuktu has existed in the Western imagination as a byword for the most exotic, far-flung place conceivable.

Situated on the southern edge of the Sahara, it acquired a near-mythical status in distant countries for its fabled inaccessibility, and for the accounts of the dazzling material and intellectual wealth to be found there.

Intrigued visitors continue to be drawn by the treasures that survive from the city's medieval golden age as an important academic, religious and mercantile center -- its great earthen mosques, and hundreds of thousands of scholarly manuscripts held in public and private collections.

The city, today part of present-day Mali and known as the "city of 333 saints" for the Sufi imams, sheiks and scholars buried there, was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.

 

 

 

Continuar a ler na CNN.

12
Abr12

"Lessons from Timbuktu: What Mali's Manuscripts Teach About Peace"

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The brutal Tuareg insurgency in Mali’s northern region sparked a military coup in this West African democracy, and now more than 200,000 Malians have been ousted from their homes, countless wounded have been left to suffer, and even more are dead.

 

The Malian Government dispatched troops to fight the Tuareg insurgency, but they justifiably felt they were inadequately armed for the vicious battles they were facing. The military’s complaints remained unheeded by President Amadou Toumani Touré—choreographer of the Malian democracy and one of Africa’s senior statesmen. The president’s failure to adequately arm his soldiers led to the military coup, which has now spawned many additional problems.

 

But there remains a glimmer of hope.

 

 

 

Continuar a ler em World Policy.

05
Abr12

"Les manuscrits trouvés à Tombouctou"

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A l’orée du Sahara et à quelques encablures du fleuve Niger, Tombouctou, au Mali, a longtemps été une cité fermée aux Européens. Carrefour commercial à l’époque des caravanes, elle fut aussi le siège d’une intense vie intellectuelle. Au cours de cet âge d’or, des milliers de livres ont été écrits à la main puis abandonnés à la poussière du désert. On commence à les exhumer. De la nuit de l’oubli émerge ainsi une passionnante histoire de l’Afrique jusqu’à présent ignorée.

A Tombouctou, la progressive découverte de vieux manuscrits, dont certains remontent au XIIIe siècle, est en passe de devenir un enjeu historique pour toute l’Afrique. Plus de 15 000 documents ont déjà été exhumés et répertoriés sous l’égide de l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (Unesco) ; 80 000 autres dorment encore quelque part dans des malles ou au fond des greniers de la ville mythique (1). Ces précieux écrits qui firent la gloire de la vallée du fleuve Niger entre le XIIIe et le XIXe siècle (2), sont menacés de décomposition et de pillage par des trafiquants.

 

 

 

 

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