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Timbuktu manuscripts

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Timbuktu is no stranger to foreign invaders, so it's librarians, curators and museum directors had a plan in place to save the city's cultural heritage.
Around 4,000 manuscripts that were being stored in the fabled city of Timbuktu have been damaged.
Timbuktu manuscripts

Men recover burnt manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Center for Documentation and Research in Timbuktu, Mali, on Jan. 29, 2013. As French-led forces recaptured Mali's desert city of Timbuktu, fleeing Islamists set fire to a building that housed priceless ancient manuscripts.

Eric Feferberg