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UNESCO Assesses Destruction to Mali

February 12, 2013


On February 2, 2013, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova paid a visit to Mali. According to UNESCO, the purpose of the visit was to begin the assessment of the state of the cultural heritage and manuscripts in Mali after destruction caused by the recent fighting. Bokova hopes to develop a plan of action in tandem with […]

Mali Conflict Puts Timbuktu in Danger

January 28, 2013


In light of the escalating violence in Mali, UNESCO has recently began to urge armed forces to protect Timbuktu’s historic and religious landmarks. As recently reported, the ongoing conflict has posed a grave and imminent threat to Timbuktu’s cultural heritage. According to residents of Timbuktu, the Islamic fighters have already committed severe damage the city’s […]

Militia Destroys Ancient Libraries in Mali

September 19, 2012


I recently posted on the assault on cultural heritage in Mali. A recent article in Newsweek Magazine reports that the situation has continued to worsen. The radical, Tuareg-led militia – which calls itself Ansar Eddine – is now enforcing brutal laws including the stoning of adulterers, mutilation of thieves, and veiling of all women. As […]

Church of the Nativity, Congo, and Xanadu Added to World Heritage List

July 17, 2012


UNESCO has recently added 26 new sites to its World Heritage List. In total, five sites were added to the “natural” category, one site was added to the “mixed” category, and 20 sites were added to the “cultural” category. Over half of the new World Heritage sites are located outside of North America and Europe. […]

Assault on Cultural Heritage in Mali Continues

July 16, 2012


Armed with Kalashnikovs and axes, Islamists occupying northern Mali destroyed ancient Muslim tombs in the Malian city of Timbuktu last Tuesday. Locals watched in shock as the Al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) committed what the United States has referred to as a cultural “assault.” Last week, the militant group destroyed several sites listed […]


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