Timbuktu – It isn’t the End of the Earth
Timbuku is an historic city in Mali, on the edge of the Sahara. It has amazing treasures. Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a center for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall Timbuktu’s golden age. You can find wonderful pictures at the National Geographic website.
Damage to the mosques and the manuscripts has been extensive because of fighting in Mali in the last year. The French sent in forces and helped end the fighting. UNESCO sent an expert mission to undertake evaluation and make recommendations.
Through the Peace Corps Africa LinkedIn group, I was led to a fundraising campaign to save the manuscripts. I made a contribution of $30.
I never made it to Timbuktu in my years in Nigeria, but I haven’t given up hope of getting there one day. I’m glad that I could make a small gift to help save the manuscripts. You can read more about the campaign here. I just read that I can tweet a message with their hashtag and be entered to win an illuminated manuscript from Timbuktu, though not an historic one, thank goodness!
I copied this from their website: To participate, tweet your support with the #T160K hashtag. Tell us who you’re dedicating your manuscript to, or just pass on the message. For example: I’m dedicating this to my family, whose love and support mean so much. #T160K.
So I’ll do it now, and dedicate my manuscript, that I saved with my $30 contribution, to my daughter, mother of my grandchildren Kenechi and Nkiru, and soon to be mother of Ikem (due in July)! My daughter’s birthday is next week.
Who would you dedicate your contribution to?