How Timbuktu Saved Its Books, by Tristan McConnell | Harpers Magazine

The story got out about religious extremists burning a repository of historic documents in Mali.

“As French and Malian soldiers evicted the jihadists from Timbuktu last week, reports emerged that the institute, home to some 30,000 manuscripts, had been torched and looted.”

Harper’s has the story of how those manuscripts were saved.

“Over the next couple of hours, as we sat shoeless on the floor drinking bittersweet tea from small glasses, Haidara explained how he and a handful of volunteers had set about hiding Timbuktu’s manuscripts.”

How Timbuktu Saved Its Books, by Tristan McConnell | Harpers Magazine.

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