The Taking of Timbuktu

26 June 2012

Near the banks of the Niger, where old men hawk slabs of salt carved from the Sahara and sent by boat from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, Abdul Moussa explains how his tranquil life has been turned upside down.
First, the rebels looted the office of the local charity he runs, taking vehicles, furniture and air conditioners. Then they told the 56-year-old Muslim that the laws he had grown up with had changed.

Timeline of Events in Mali

22 June 2012

By Susana Molins Lliteras

Below is a timeline of events in Mali since the resurgence of a Tuareg rebellion.  The 1960s various Tuareg movements have mobilized and made appeals for autonomy and even independence. In this most recent insurgency the rebels were emboldened by well-trained and equipped fighters who left Libya after the overthrow and death of Colonel Gaddafi in October 2011. After a few months they found themselves in Malian territory and following a few engagements with Malian armed forces, whom they easily beat, they captured the important towns of the North of the country.

« Le Sahara aujourd’hui » : Kidal

20 June 2012

« Le Sahara aujourd’hui » : Kidal, les populations étouffées manifestent leur ras-le-bol.

Il y a moins d’une année (en septembre 2011) dans un article intitulé « Le site historique d’Essouk pour quel avenir », je m’interrogeais sur l’avenir du patrimoine culturel dans le Sahara malien en général et le Site historique d’Essouk en particulier face la montée de l’intégrisme et la présence des salafistes qui de plus en plus occupaient la région.

Save Mali’s Heritage

19 June 2012

Dear All,

Please find attached an appeal on behalf of the specialised agencies and heritage professionals to safeguard the cultural heritage of Mali threatened with destruction due to the severe crisis which, since 22 March 2012, has
affected the north of the Republic of Mali.

“Tombouctou : Pour une histoire de l’érudition en Afrique de l’Ouest”

18 June 2012

Le Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (CODESRIA) et le Human Science Research Council (HSRC) d’Afrique du Sud a eu une discussion autour du livre “Tombouctou : Pour une histoire de l’érudition en Afrique de l’Ouest”, publié en anglais sous le titre “The meanings of Timbuktu”, par Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University, USA) et Shamil Jeppie (University of Capetown, Afrique du Sud).