Meet Abdel Kader Haidara the librarian who saved Africa from losing its history

Meet Abdel Kader Haidara the librarian who saved Africa from losing its history

- Abdel Kader Haidara, a librarian, has been identified as the one who saved rare Arabic materials from destruction in Mali

- This was after Islamic fighters invaded Timbuktu and destroyed several properties in the city

- His act has left to the preservation of the items and a restoration of an important part of Africa's history

In April 2012, about 1000 Islamic fighters took over the city of Timbuktu in Mali and looted most of its treasures.

There was another attack on the historic city of Mosul in 2014 and the fighters demolished several religious structures.

From Tikrit in Iraq to Tripoli in Libya, the group went on rampage in a bid to achieve what it referred to as “cultural cleansing.”

Meet Abdel Kader Haidara the librarian who saved Africa from losing its history

Abdel Kader Haidara in a library Source: brandsouthafrica.com
Source: UGC

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This posed a challenge as a collection of items of national heritage were at the risk of being destroyed.

In a few instances, however, successful attempts to reclaim lost possessions were achieved as in the city Syrian city of Palmyra.

The Timbuktu raid would have been a bitter story but for the action of a book collector and librarian known as Abdel Kader Haidara .

Per a report by wsj.com, he encountered the looters as he made his way through the city and only had one plan in mind.

Haidara, fearing for the city’s dozens of libraries and repositories, dashed through the confusion and helped saved thousands of rare Arabic manuscripts before the attackers laid hands on them.

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YEN.com.gh is yet to confirm the identity of the man but information gathered shows that the tricycle was assembled in Nigeria.

The vehicle is referred to as keke in Nigeria and often comes without windows.

The latest design however is that of a tricycle that comes with windows to help prevent rain, dust for foreign objects from gaining access to the passengers in the vehicle.

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