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Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian

 
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02/06/2013 06:06 AM
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Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian
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Elderly man named Abba Alhadi has spent 40 of his 72 years on earth taking care of rare manuscripts. The illiterate old man, who walks with a cane and looks like a character from the Bible, was the perfect foil for the Islamists. They wrongly assumed that the city's European-educated elite would be the ones trying to save the manuscripts, he said.

So last August, Alhadi began stuffing the thousands of books into empty rice and millet sacks.

At night, he loaded the millet sacks onto the type of trolley used to cart boxes of vegetables to the market. He pushed them across town and piled them into a lorry and onto the backs of motorcycles, which drove them to the banks of the Niger River.

From there, they floated down to the central Malian town of Mopti in a pinasse, a narrow, canoe-like boat. Then cars drove them from Mopti, the first government-controlled town, to Mali's capital, Bamako, over 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from here.

"I have spent my life protecting these manuscripts. This has been my life's work. And I had to come to terms with the fact that I could no longer protect them here," said Alhadi. "It hurt me deeply to see them go, but I took strength knowing that they were being sent to a safe place."

It took two weeks in all to spirit out the bulk of the collection, around 28,000 texts housed in the old building covering the subjects of theology, astronomy, geography and more.
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Re: Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian
Fucking lamestream feature articles. Plenty of text yet nothing that refers to what the manuscripts actually said. The actual 'feature' in that article are the scary Islamists
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Re: Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian
clappa

That man. Just awesome.
Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.
~ Christopher Hitchens.
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02/06/2013 06:49 AM
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Re: Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian
Fucking lamestream feature articles. Plenty of text yet nothing that refers to what the manuscripts actually said. The actual 'feature' in that article are the scary Islamists
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33643353

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At that point in time it did NOT matter what the content is.

They are RARE and would have been destroyed (supposedly).

HE took it on his own ,,, he OWNED the responsibility of "saving" them.

I bet you would have burnt them just because you could not read them.

wtf
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02/06/2013 09:21 AM
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Re: Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian
Fucking lamestream feature articles. Plenty of text yet nothing that refers to what the manuscripts actually said. The actual 'feature' in that article are the scary Islamists
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33643353

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At that point in time it did NOT matter what the content is.

They are RARE and would have been destroyed (supposedly).

HE took it on his own ,,, he OWNED the responsibility of "saving" them.

I bet you would have burnt them just because you could not read them.

wtf
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We have much to learn from so called "illiterate" people...
"Thou we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven that which we are, we are.
One equal temper of heroic hearts made weak by time and fate but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
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02/06/2013 09:29 AM
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Re: Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian
Fucking lamestream feature articles. Plenty of text yet nothing that refers to what the manuscripts actually said. The actual 'feature' in that article are the scary Islamists
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33643353


Scary, book-burning islamists. Course we all know why the burn book right?
I don't think so,
he's up there with the others laying low,
vying with those who you've traded your life to to bless your soul,
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Illiterate librarian??
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Re: Thousands of Mali's ancient manuscripts were saved from the fires of radical Islamists by an illiterate 72-year-old librarian
Illiterate librarian??
 Quoting: AtsuiPanda


An estimated 28,000 of the library's artifacts were smuggled out of town by donkey cart, said Prof. Abdoulaye Cissé and security guard Abba Alhadi, who worked to relocate the documents. Gunmen managed to burn only a few hundred papers, but even those were backed up digitally, said the library's bookkeepers.
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