14 February 2013, 20:00

UNESCO to send its mission to Mali’s Timbuktu, Gao

UNESCO to send its mission to Mali’s Timbuktu, Gao

UNESCO plans to send its mission to Mali in order to evaluate damage to cultural objects in the cities of Timbuktu and Gao, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova told the Voice of Russia on Thursday.

The statement comes several weeks after Bokova’s visit to Timbuktu, where radical Islamists destroyed a whole array of shrines, including ancient temples, mausoleums and tombs.

The Islamists also set fire to the Ahmeb Baba Library, where a spate of unique ancient manuscripts had been preserved. 

Voice of Russia

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