Before the French came in and pushed the Islamic militants out of the towns in northern Mali, many of the country's historic artifacts and cultural history were threatened. But because of the forethought of some Malians, including calligrapher Boubacar Sadek, the country's manuscripts were saved. For now.
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Boubacar Sadek is believed to be the last remaining master calligrapher in Mali. He fled Timbuktu with rare documents. He now makes a living in the capital Bamako. Laura Lynch reports for the CBC and The World.
The al-Qaeda militants who took over northern Mali imposed their harsh brand of Sharia law. The common wisdom is that the militants' behavior alienated most Malians. But that's not the whole story, as the CBC's Laura Lynch reports.
Turmoil continues to grip Mali, weeks after French forces liberated the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Friday, the first suicide bombing took place in Gao. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times in Bamako.
Fighting is flaring around the Mali city of Gao, despite reports that rebels had ceded the territory to incoming French troops. CBC reporter Laura Lynch just returned from Gao. She tells host Marco Werman that local residents want to French to stay put.
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