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Book Review: English, C. (2017). The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu – The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures

English, C. (2017). The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu – The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures. London: William Collins In August 2011 Tuareg fighters returned to Mali from the Libyan conflict, bringing with them weapons and military experience and the prospect of renewed violence in the country. By 2012, with the help of foreign and local militants, Tuareg separatists successfully seized most of Azawad, including the ancient city of Timbuktu. While the Malian government sought to regain control of the region, scholars in Timbuktu turned their thoughts to the thousands of historical archives held in the city and the risk that this insurrection posed to the security of these documents. Charlie English, a British journalist for The Guardian and member of the Royal Geographical Society with a long-standing fascination with Africa recounts the tale of how these archives were smuggled out of Timbuktu under the noses of the separatists and Islamists that had seized control of the region. Not only does English tell the story of how these archives were moved following the destruction of many of the city’s sacred monuments, but also interweaves his narrative with the stories of nineteenth-century European colonial explorers. […]

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Ogossagou 2 : la colère d’IBK, la hiérarchie sur la sellette !

Dans la nuit du jeudi 13 au vendredi 14, le village martyr a de nouveau été le théâtre d’un massacre de grandeur ampleur avec, cette fois, 70 morts, tous des habitants et non combattants, selon les estimations les plus approximatives. Face à ce nouveau drame, le président de la République serait entré dans une colère noire, devant la récurrence des massacres intercommunautaires, qui se sont multipliés, ces dernières semaines, et face à l’évidente incapacité des forces de sécurité d’y faire face. Read more on maliweb.net

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