Ever feel like your town is too far gone to come back? Well, how about Timbuktu, coming back after hundreds of years of obscurity.
Originally, it was a center of learning because it was on important overland trade routes. History and change turned it into a backwater. But the people held on to their heritage. They protected ancient scrolls and texts. And now, hundreds of years later, the world is rediscovering their scholarship, and working to revive Timbuktu as a center of learning.
Read the amazing story at the New York Times (blog-friendly link).
This terrific story brought to my attention by Zane Safrit.
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