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Djingareyber Mosque, one of the historical architectural structures along with sixteen mausoleums and holy public places which together earned Timbuktu the designation of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. UN Photo/Marco Dorm

PARIS (IDN) - The Timbuktu mausoleums, destroyed by radical Islamists four years ago, are back on their feet now, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova told the people of Mali on February 4.

The UNESCO chief’s message coincided with a consecration ceremony of the Timbuktu mausoleums, last held in the 11th century, celebrated at the initiative of the local community. It marked the final phase of the United Nations-backed cultural rebirth of the age-old Sahara city after the destruction wrought by radical Islamists in 2012.

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