The UNESCO has launched activities to rehabilitate the cultural heritage sites that were destroyed in Timbuktu, northern Mali, a source from the town has said. The rehabilitation work will mainly be carried out on Djiganrey ber mosque, El Farouk monument, the mausoleums of the saints and other cultural buildings that were destroyed by the islamists. The source said the ceremony to launch the rehabilitation work was attended by local elders, a delegation from UNESCO office in Bamako and the chief architect, Alpha Diop.
In remarks during the forum, Sokona Tounkara, a local UNESCO official, said the organisation will work with the Timbuktu community to rehabilitate, restore and protect their cultural heritage. Also speaking on behalf of the Timbuktu community, Addramane Ben El Sayouti, the Imam of Djiganrey ber mosque, hailed UNESCO for keeping its promise to rehabilitate the monuments and mausoleums.
The inhabitants of Timbuktu (the city 333 saints) are hopeful that the rehabilitation of the monuments will restore the town?s tourist and historic status and that the acts of the islamists will just be a sad memory. (Xinhua/NAN)