The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara

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The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara

It was early in the summer of 2012, and at the Mamma Haidara Library in Timbuktu , a clandestine operation was under way. For Haidara, 50, the scion of a distinguished family of scholars and collectors from Timbuktu and other towns along the Niger in northern Mali, the rescue marked the culmination of a long career as a champion of the country’s cultural patrimony.

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