In seeking to address Timbuktu heritage harm, Mali receives a “symbolic euro”


For the harm done to the citizens of Mali and to the international community by the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu in 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has handed over to Mallien and UNESCO a symbolic pound.

The award judgment was passed in 2016 after a significant hearing at the International Criminal Court, which charged an individual with war crimes against historical and cultural monuments for the first time.

Mama Dolite Doubia, who leads a trust fund for victims, said at a ceremony in the capital of Bamako, Mali.

This euro is “an infinite sign of the damage we all have endured and our will to say ‘never again’.”

The chief prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said that the case was a reflection of a determination of the international community to “sustain our shared identity.”

She said that the cultural heritage of Mali “is a product of mankind.”

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was sentenced to nine years in jail in 2016 by ICC in Hague for leading jihadists, who burned nine mausoleums.

He was one of Ansar Eddine’s terrorist groups who had almost a year since 2012 to oversee a reign of terror in the fabled region.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the shrines of Timbuktu, called “The City of Thirty 333 saints,” were built as a center of Islamic research and spiritual hub of the town.

The jihadists were angry at the ritual, which they perceived as idolatrous, which had been practiced for too long.

The ICC ruled that Mahdi was liable to the local community to secure the locations for 2,7 million euros ($3,17 million) in damages.

The sanctuaries were listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.

The abstract euro is a testament to the need for remedy, even though it never pays.

In a project funded by many countries as well as by UNESCO, the shrines were restored using traditional techniques and local Masons.



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