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    The secret race to save Timbuktu's manuscripts

    Since the rebel takeover, the private owners have scrambled to protect the manuscripts. Nobody knows exactly what they have done, but it is believed that some owners have hidden the manuscripts, buried them in the sand, or smuggled them to villages.

    This, too, is dangerous, since the ancient texts can easily be damaged when they are moved. “They are very fragile,” Mr. Diagayete said. “The choice is difficult: Either we lose them all or we lose part of them. Everyone is trying to find a way to protect their manuscripts.”

    Adama Diarra, a Malian journalist, saw three owners piling their manuscripts into 50-kilogram rice bags in April, shortly after the Islamists seized Timbuktu, apparently in an effort to move them to safer places. “The pages were falling out,” he said.

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