- Abdel Kader Haidara, a librarian, has been identified as the one who saved rare Arabic materials from destruction in Mali
- This was after Islamic fighters invaded Timbuktu and destroyed several properties in the city
- His act has allowed for the preservation of the items and a restoration of an important part of Africa's history
In April 2012, about 1000 Islamic fighters took over the city of Timbuktu in Mali and looted most of its treasures.
There was another attack on the historic city of Mosul in 2014 and the fighters demolished several religious structures.
From Tikrit in Iraq to Tripoli in Libya, the group went on rampage in a bid to achieve what it referred to as “cultural cleansing.”
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This posed a challenge as a collection of items of national heritage were at the risk of being destroyed. In a few instances, however, successful attempts to reclaim lost possessions were achieved as in the city Syrian city of Palmyra.
The Timbuktu raid would have been a bitter story but for the action of a book collector and librarian known as Abdel Kader Haidara .
According to a report by wsj.com, he encountered the looters as he made his way through the city and only had one plan in mind.
Haidara, fearing for the city’s dozens of libraries and repositories, dashed through the confusion and helped saved thousands of rare Arabic manuscripts before the attackers laid hands on them.
Recently, Legit.ng gave readers an inside look into the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex. This complex which is worth many billions of naira is located in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
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