Thousands of manuscripts saved from possible destruction by Al Qaeda militants
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How 'bad-ass librarians' saved Islamic treasures in Timbuktu

For centuries the desert city of Timbuktu was the intellectual centre of the Islamic World and a home to thousands of precious manuscripts.

When Al Qaeda militants seized control in 2012 they threatened to obliterate the documents.

It fell to a brave band of librarians to save the treasures from destruction.

Journalist and author Joshua Hammer tells their story in the Bad-Ass LIbrarians of Timbuktu, and spoke to the BBC's Katty Kay about the new book.

Edited by Bill McKenna. Produced by Mat Morrison.

  • 27 Apr 2016
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