African Art, ancient tombs wrecked by islamists

African Art, ancient tombs wrecked by islamists

Under threat: The Djinguereber mosque of Timbuktu has been threatened with destruction by hardline Islamist group Ansar Dine. Picture: AFP

Growing concerns on Malian heritage

Concern Over Safety of Malian World Heritage Sites

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as part of the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, is dedicated to the protection of “certain places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value and…form part of the common heritage of mankind.” As such, it has recently expressed concern over the safety of the sixteen UNESCO designated World Heritage sites in Timbuktu, Mali. This part of West Africa is rich in important buildings and artifacts including more than 100 000 historical manuscripts which cover a variety of different subjects. The historical significance and the sensitivity of the conservation of these artifacts have been addressed by the Timbuktu Educational Foundation.

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