Did Timbuktu’s Priceless Archives Really Just Get ‘Wiped Out’? – The Atlantic

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Did Timbuktu’s Priceless Archives Really Just Get ‘Wiped Out’?
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For centuries, Timbuktu has been home to one of the largest collections of ancient Islamic manuscripts in the world.

Marta Castro‘s insight:

Artículo sobre qué está ocurriendo realmente con el patrimonio documental conservado en Timbuktu durante el conflicto que está teniendo lugar en Mali.

 

Demasiadas veces el patrimonio histórico y documental de un país es el primero en sufrir las consecuencias y ser destruido en los conflictos bélicos como si al quemar libros y documentos desapareciera también la memoria histórica.

 

Este es un fragmento de la entrevista que el diario "The Antlantic" hace a Mauro Nobili, investigador  del Proyecto de Manuscritos de la Universidad de  Cape Town enTimbuktu.

 

 

"What is the latest news coming out from Mali about the reported destruction of Timbuktu’s prized collection of Islamic manuscripts?   

 

       The news has not been confirmed. We have seen images coming from Timbuktu, but for eight days we have not been able to reach our contacts in Timbuktu. Even    a group of researchers from the Ahmed Baba Institute, which has allegedly been destroyed, are in Bamako. We have been able to talk to them, but they have    no news about what happened in Timbuktu. We’ve seen the images that, of course, show some documents have been destroyed. But nobody — in terms of people    who have worked there — [has] been able to go inside, have a look at the damage, and report anything. Even the SkyNews video of a journalist entering the    center with somebody that has been presented as a guy who works at the Ahmed Baba Institute; actually, he is only a tourist guide.

 

    There is contrasting information. Yesterday, we read from the news that manuscripts had been burned. While this morning local news says that the bulk of    the manuscripts have been taken out of the center. The situation is very confusing."

 

El artículo completo en: http://bit.ly/VWbSAl

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