Tuesday, February 5, 2013

As koranimal eidiots invaded, Timbuktu hid artifacts of a golden age

When the moment of danger came, Ali Imam Ben Essayouti knew just what to do. The delicate, unbound parchment manuscripts in the 14th-century moske he leads had already survived hundreds of years in the storied city of Timbuktu. He was not about to allow its latest invaders, Toerag nationalist rebels and pislamic extremists from across the region, to destroy them now
So he gingerly bundled the 8,000 volumes in sackcloth, carefully stacked them in crates, then quietly moved them to a bunker in an undisclosed location
When the Toerag rebels first arrived in Timbuktu in April, they looted and burned many government buildings, and the institute’s interim director, Abdoulaye Cissé, worried that the institute’s sleek new library building would become a target

Abdoulaye Cissé of the Ahmed Baba Institute with a manuscript that was hidden from pislamists, who set fire to others

When the pislamists arrived a few days later, the library’s officials explained to them that the library was an pislamic institution worthy of their protection. But library officials began to worry that the pislamists would discover that the library received financing from the United States, so in August they decided to move almost the entire collection, Mr. Cissé said
“We moved them little by little to avoid rousing suspicion,” Mr. Cissé said. They were sent to Mopti, then on to Bamako, the capital, for safekeeping. It turned out the worries were not unwarranted. In the chaotic final days of the pislamist occupation, all that changed. A group of koranimals stormed the library as they were fleeing and set fire to whatever they could find

Less than 5% of the manuscripts were burnt

The residents of Timbuktu suffered grievously under pislamic militant rule. Almost all of life’s pleasures, even the seemingly innocent ones like listening to music and dancing, were forbidden. With the arrival of French and Malian troops here on Jan. 28, life is slowly returning to normal

Watching television, forbidden by eidiotic koranimals

Faces on a barber shop poster painted over by pislamist eidiots in Timbuktu
News story here.