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As Mali jihadist Ahmad Al-Mahdi faces the ICC over destroying cultural artifacts, we revisit the story of the unlikely scholarly heroes who saved Timbuktu's priceless written treasures from hard-line Jihadist rebels.
Deep in the heart of Africa lies the fabled city of Timbuktu. Last year thousands of ancient manuscripts were unearthed here. But these priceless books are deteriorating due to lack of support from the West.