We are Abdel Kader and Stephanie Diakité and we are trying to save 300,000 ancient manuscripts and books from imminent destruction from the libraries of Timbuktu. Ask us anything!
In 2012, under threat from fundamentalist rebels, a team of archivists, librarians, and couriers evacuated an irreplaceable trove of manuscripts from Timbuktu at great personal risk.
The manuscripts have been saved from immediate destruction, but the danger is not over. A massive archival effort is needed to protect this immense global heritage from loss.
We are currently raising $100k to preserve the manuscripts. Please help out and read more on Indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/timbuktu-libraries-in-exile/x/238429