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Sidi Alimam (32) works with Abdl Haidara to restore thousands of manuscripts at the newly built Al Moustapha Konate de Maigala library library of Timbuktu. Here he is shown reading an ancient manuscript with his uncle Alphady Ascopfare, (left). In the past few years, with funding from different organizations including the Ford Foundation, thousands of the manscripts are being recovered, stored, preserved and studied. Sadly, many of them have been lost or severley damaged but for those that remain it is a maginifcent reminder of Africa's literary history. /Felix Features