Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CEDRHAB looted

CEDRHAB, Timbuktu
this is really terrible. the ahmad baba institute (CEDRHAB, as it is known by its french acronym) is one of the most amazing places i have ever been. stacks and stacks of golden illuminated arabic manuscripts, with a small staff working endlessly to preserve them. i couldn't take photos inside. the above picture is the outside of the building.

it's always a little strange to complain about the loss of cultural artifacts to a conflict when people are getting raped and murdered. the suffering of people is obviously worse, but the loss of artifacts is the thing that gets the attention. still, it's a terrible tragedy all around.