A mausoleum under reconstruction in the Trois Saints (Three Saints) cemetery in Timbuktu, April 8, 2015. AFP/SEBASTIEN RIEUSSEC
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Timbuktu rebuilds mausoleums destroyed by IslamistsTrowels in hand, on their haunches, masons in Timbuktu use traditional techniques to reconstruct precious mausoleums destroyed in an Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 .Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents wrecked 16 of the fabled desert city's shrines to Muslim saints that date back to Timbuktu's 15th and 16th century golden age as an economic, intellectual and spiritual center.For the people of Timbuktu – the "city of 333 saints" – their destruction was an assault on Mali's history and culture.Timbuktu's rehabilitation project also includes the restoration of the city's collection of renowned manuscripts.
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