UNESCO: Warns Heritage Sites in Mali, Arab World at Risk

19 May 2012 1:46 PM | Anonymous

UNESCO: Warns Heritage Sites in Mali, Arab World at Risk

A man walks past the Sankore Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Timbuktu, Mali, April 11, 2012.
Margaret Besheer
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations cultural organization, UNESCO, warns that world heritage sites in the West African country of Mali and in the Arab world are at risk of damage and theft as political upheaval sweeps through those states. 

Distruction of historical manuscripts

The ancient city of Timbuktu saw its golden age as an Islamic intellectual and spiritual center in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, the Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, still stand as a testament to that time. But now, UNESCO warns, they are under threat from rebel groups, including Tuaregs and the al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine.
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