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Mali: UN experts find "serious damage" by armed extremists to cultural sites in Gao

  • Mali: UN experts find serious damage by armed extremists [...]
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Publié le : 17/02/2014
Source : Unnewscentre
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47140#.UwItEIWGhUM

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Some 90 per cent of the 11th century archaeological site of Gao Saneye in northern Mali was pillaged by Islamic extremists during their seizure of the region in 2012, traditional musical instruments and costumes were destroyed, and a World Heritage site mosque needs urgent repairs, United Nations cultural officials reported today.

The report on the damage to cultural heritage in the town of Gao, addressing both sites and the cultural practices of local people, follows a UN assessment last year of Timbuktu, another major heritage site in northern Mali, which found that damage there was more extensive than first estimated, including the destruction of parts of the 15th century Djingareyber Mosque, one of three madrassas comprising the University of Timbuktu (...)

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