Heroic Librarians Protect Timbuktu’s Manuscripts

Manuscript from Timbuktu © Robert Goldwater Library

Most people naturally focus on survival when faced with an invasion or civil war, nary giving a thought to the preservation of knowledge. Luckily for humankind, librarians have that kind of foresight and many are willing to go to great lengths to protect irreplaceable documents and artifacts when they are under threat.

A case in point is Timbuktu in Mali, which has been overrun by militants for months. Though the city’s libraries are being attacked, and in one instance set on fire, the precious contents are safe because they have been evacuated and squirrelled away by brave librarians. They have a lot of practice, apparently. They have been doing this for centuries.

Find out more about this in The Toronto Star

About The Author

Steph Spencer

Steph Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 14 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Steph explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate.

One Response

  1. Stepan Chizhov

    Oh, nice to hear that!

    I also have some personal hopes for Mali crisis to end because I planned to participate in Timbuktu Challenge this December =)


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