Over the past 1,000 years an important global legacy has developed in Africa, symbolized by the extraordinary richness of the historical manuscripts of Timbuktu.
Last year, when Mali dove into a sociopolitical and cultural crisis we made repeated pleas to secessionists and armed belligerents in control of northern Mali for the protection of this fragile corpus. When there was no response, we undertook a vast and secret operation to safeguard the hundreds of thousands of manuscripts of Timbuktu. This work was implemented with the collaboration of the Government of Mali and with the help of untold hundreds of Malians eager to preserve their heritage.
We are dedicated to the protection, preservation and study of these ancient manuscripts. Our long-term vision is the return of the manuscripts to their home in Timbuktu and to apply the vast knowledge they contain to the peace process in Mali and in other places in Africa.
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