Mali's book lovers saved thousands of antique manuscripts from destruction by smuggling them out of Timbuktu with help from international NGOs according to a June 2013 BBC news report. Here is the link to the BBC Report Timbuktu Books Saved.
Timbuktu’s libraries were purposely targeted for destruction, according to the BBC.
Timbuktu has been a center of African learning for centuries.
The “unfortunates” of every race, color, religion, political persuasion and ethnic group all hate books. Never forget that. I’ll never forget Ray Bradbury's book and movie Fahrenheit 451 about book burners. Here's a clip:
Resistance is never futile.