26 Jul 2012
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UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has established a special fund to support Mali's efforts in safeguarding the World Heritage sites in Timbuktu and at the Tomb of Askia in Gao.  These have recently affected by armed conflict in the north of Mali.  The fund will help to assess damage to the sites, and to carry out reconstruction and rehabilitation as soon as this becomes possible. More details are on the UNESCO website.