US$8M needed to restore Timbuktu

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) reports that US eight million dollars will be needed to reconstruct the damaged monuments and mausoleums of Timbuktu, Mali, and to return of over 300,000 collections of ancient manuscripts.

The announcement was made at a news conference, entitled:  ”Rebuilding Timbuktu: The restoration of an intellectual and spiritual capital and its vital role in Mali’s post-conflict recovery.” The damage occured during extremist attacks on the city in March, 2012. “Our work in rehabilitating sites implies much more than architectural repairs; it’s about values, identities and belonging. We need to protect culture from attack," said Vibeke Jensen, Director of the UNESCO Office in New York.