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  •  Book/manuscript burning (8+ / 0-)

    tough thing to take.  Especially 13th century artifacts.

    Reverence is lost.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 03:04:10 PM PST

    •  We've heard just recently that many of the (8+ / 0-)

      manucripts thought destroyed may have been saved.  Fellow Kossack Mali Muso, who has connections in the country, has heard from people there, and apparently Time magazine also says a number of the manuscripts were smuggled to hiding elsewhere before the building was burned.  Not all of them, but many.

      Great news -- I'm devoutly hoping it's true.  Many of these manuscripts were long held by various families, passed down from generation to generation, literally for centuries. Then these jihadi dolts come along and want to destroy their heritage.  Ironically, allegedly in the name of Islam, when Mali is 90% Islamic.  And the texts include religious Islamic writing, among other things.  Just not their fanatical brand of Islam.  Islam in Mali has gotten along okay with both the christian minority and the traditional animist minority.  Wow, can't have that kind of thing catching on!

      Anyway, hoping for the best, and for peace to return to the harrassed people of Mali.

      Hope you're doing well.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:47:01 PM PST

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