A discussion group focused on awareness of threats to this important Islamic center, and solutions for its long-term preservation.
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July 25th, 2012
Creation of a Special Fund for the Safegaurding of Mali's World Heritage sites
Destruction of Timbuktu by rebels controlling northern Mali ensues.
Al Jazeera speaks to Lazare Eloundou Assomo, chief of the Africa Unit at UNESCO, the UN's cultural body, about the destruction of ancient Muslim shrines in Timbuktu by the group Ansar Dine.
On Sunday, April 1st, 2012, Tuareg rebels took control of Timbuktu and now control roughly one third of the country of Mali. If fighting continues around Timbuktu, the three great mosques - Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia – plus the associated cemeteries and mausolea that comprise the UNESCO World Heritage Site would be threatened. In addition, Timbuktu houses over 700,000 ancient manuscripts whose security and protection is now in doubt as a result of this serious conflict.
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