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Croatia First Nation to Answer Pleas to Help Timbuktu

TimbuktuCroatia was the first nation to respond to UNESCO appeals to provide assistance to help rebuild mausoleums in the historic UNESCO listed desert city of Timbuktu in Mali destroyed by Islamists during their occupation of the country’s north in 2012…

Croatia will send 10,000 US dollars to help finance the reconstruction of World Heritage earthen tombs of saints damaged by armed extremists. Croatia’s donation has been well received and the project, which is largely financed by Mali and UNESCO has since been supported by Andorra, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Mauritius as well as logistical support from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

“The rehabilitation of Timbuktu’s cultural heritage is critical for the Malian population, for the inhabitants of the city and for the entire world,” said UNESCO head Irina Bokova.

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