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"Lessons from Timbuktu: What Mali's Manuscripts Teach About Peace"

The brutal Tuareg insurgency in Mali’s northern region sparked a military coup in this West African democracy, and now more than 200,000 Malians have been ousted from their homes, countless wounded have been left to suffer, and even more are dead.

The Malian Government dispatched troops to fight the Tuareg insurgency, but they justifiably felt they were inadequately armed for the vicious battles they were facing. The military’s complaints remained unheeded by President Amadou Toumani Touré—choreographer of the Malian democracy and one of Africa’s senior statesmen. The president’s failure to adequately arm his soldiers led to the military coup, which has now spawned many additional problems.

But there remains a glimmer of hope.

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