So the Ansar Dine and the gang don't appreciate history, and they decided it would be a good idea to burn down a manuscript library in Timbuktu as they left. Maybe nobody thought Islamic fundamentalists would set fire to a collection that no doubt contains numerous religious documents. I don't understand why caretakers of these treasures do not try to export them in a time of war. The British and French did it during WWII.
Timbuktu was an intellectual center through the 14th and 16th centuries, and the city is estimated to house hundreds of thousands of historical documents. The Ahmed Baba Institute library contains about 20,000 volumes in its collection dating back to the 13th century. It is not known how much of the collection is lost. Some of the collection is stored in underground vaults.
If you thought this is bad, Islamic fundamentalists are also killing polio vaccine workers in Pakistan.
(c) Xan Rice 2007. Retrieved from The Guardian
(c) Ben Curtis. Retrieved from The Guardian
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