By Pascal Fletcher
"- Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels > Chicago Tribune
- Fabled desert trading town houses "treasure of learning"
- Priceless texts being hidden away in rebel-held area
- Fears that illiterate footsoldiers may loot, steal"
"JOHANNESBURG, April 10 (Reuters) - Malian scholars,
librarians and ordinary citizens in the rebel-occupied city of
Timbuktu are hiding away priceless ancient manuscripts to
prevent them from being damaged or looted, a South African
academic in contact with them said.
Cape Town University's Professor Shamil Jeppie said he was
in daily contact with curators and private owners safeguarding
tens of thousands of historic texts in Timbuktu, the fabled
desert trading town and seat of Islamic learning overrun by
Tuareg-led rebels on April 1."