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Mali and UNESCO are to receive a 'Symbolic Euro' for Timbuktu Heritage Destruction

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    1st Apr, 2021


The government of Mali and UNESCO are to receive a ‘Symbolic Euro’ from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a gesture of its 2017 judgment over the destruction of the cultural site of Timbuktu by the religious extremists, in 2012.

About Timbuktu

  • Timbuktu is a city in the West African country of Mali.
    • It is situated on the southern edge of the Sahara and North of the Niger River.

  • It has been an important trading post on the trans-Saharan caravan route and has been a center of Islamic culture.
  • The city was declared asa UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
  • In 2012, due to the armed conflict in the region, Timbuktu was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.
  • Architecture: It has famous Mosques of Djingareyber, Sankore, and SidiYahia, sixteen mausoleums, and holy public places.
    • The mosques are examples of earthen architectureand traditional maintenance techniques.

Symbolic Euro:The symbolic euro is a token of the need for redress, though the amount will never be paid.