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Saving Timbuktu's Manuscripts

Saving Timbuktu's Manuscripts

For centuries the city of Timbuktu was famed as a golden metropolis situated on the southern fringes of the Sahara; tales of its immense wealth and its reputation as a key centre of learning obsessed travellers and adventurers for many hundreds of years.

Timbuktu certainly has one of the most illustrious histories in Africa; yet its recent history is much more turbelent and in 2012 the city suffered heavily after it was captured by Tuareg seperatist Islamist forces.

Recently Dan visited this once-gleaming city with the Red Cross to learn more about its history. Here is a sneak peak of the upcoming documentary, coming exclusively to History Hit TV on 13 February.

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