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View Diary: Reports: Timbuktu Manuscripts Threatened By Mali Insurgents; Some Saved (221 comments)

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  •  Don´t like this idea. (1+ / 0-)
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    mali muso

    It is similar as the defense the British used for the Elgin marbles and all the other stuff in the same time, during the imperialist plunder. "We gotta collect them all in the British museum because these Greeks/Egyptians/name-your-tribe could never be trusted to protect them properly". Often enough it was phoney or an after-the-fact defense. Eventually we have to accept that while we share in all the world´s heritage, we do not have ownership rights to other people´s artifacts. We can help them prserve it, and we can judge them according to how they go about it (or the opposite), but their stuff is not our stuff.

    •  I am not suggesting relocating manuscripts and (0+ / 0-)

      treasures to White people's lands.  I am suggesting that the artifacts be reburied and hidden in dry sand deep enough to protect them from war and extremism.
      Hand the locals digitized hardcopies for storage in more vulnerable locations.

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