Heads of state attend the opening of a library in the Malian desert town of Timbuktu

 
Heads of state attend the opening of a library in the Malian desert town of Timbuktu
South Africa's President Kgalema Motlanthe (L) attends the opening of a high-tech library alongside Malian President Amadou Toure (C) and former South African President Thabo Mbeki in the Malian desert town of Timbuktu, January 24, 2009. South Africa and Mali opened a high-tech library in the Malian desert town of Timbuktu on Saturday, boosting efforts to preserve thousands of ancient manuscripts documenting Africa's academic past. The launch is part of a South African plan to help Mali to protect up to 150,000 manuscripts, some of which date from the 13th century and document subjects ranging from science and the arts to social and business trends of the day. REUTERS/Rainer Schwenzfeier (MALI)