Live from Timbuktu
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jun 2, 2012 12:27 PM Last Post By: windblowner
Apr 4, 2012 10:08 AM
Live from TimbuktuHaving been inspired by Guy at Sleeping Camel's live blogging from Bamako, I just helped a friend in Timbuktu set up a blog so he can keep people updated on what's happening in Timbuktu. Land of Peace and Culture is a group set up for promoting Timbuktu (i think) but for the moment, they're using the site now as an aggregate and a live source of on the ground info From Timbuktu - great for those of us missing the city and wishing we knew more of what's going on. In short, it ain't good.
If anyone has any updates or your own account of what's happening in TIM, or if you have a message for The people of Timbuktu, or what you're hearing from friends, there's a "pencil" icon at the top and you can send a message to them.
May 28, 2012 7:22 PM
Jun 2, 2012 12:27 PM
2The New York Times has a story about Timbuktu today, and it appears to be a theocratic dictatorship at the moment:
In Timbuktu, Harsh Change Under Islamists
Women are now forced to wear full, face-covering veils. Music is banned from the radio. Cigarettes are snatched from the mouths of pedestrians. And the look of the ancient mud-brick town is changing. A centuries-old monument, the shrine of a 15th-century saint, has been defaced
That's very disturbing. Why don't the city's new rulers choose to respect freedom of religion (including people's natural freedom to be non-religious if they choose) and of conscience?
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