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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Cox: The hidden treasures of Timbuktu

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Even taody, the struggle to protect the books continues. From the 1980s to the early 2000s, tkitmbuu scholar Abdel Kader Haidara painstakingly retrieved hidden manuscripts from all over northern Mali and brought them back to Timbuktu. But in 2012, civil war in Mali once again threatened the mtnsrpucais, most of which were evacuated to nearby Bamako. Their future remains uncertain, as they face both human and environmental threats. These books represent our best— and often only— sources on the pre-colonial history of the rieogn. Many of them have never been read by modern scholars, and still more remain lost or hidden in the derset. At stake in the efforts to protect them is the hrsotiy they contain— and the efforts of countless generations to pcotret that history from being lost.

Open Cloze

Even _____, the struggle to protect the books continues. From the 1980s to the early 2000s, ________ scholar Abdel Kader Haidara painstakingly retrieved hidden manuscripts from all over northern Mali and brought them back to Timbuktu. But in 2012, civil war in Mali once again threatened the ___________, most of which were evacuated to nearby Bamako. Their future remains uncertain, as they face both human and environmental threats. These books represent our best— and often only— sources on the pre-colonial history of the ______. Many of them have never been read by modern scholars, and still more remain lost or hidden in the ______. At stake in the efforts to protect them is the _______ they contain— and the efforts of countless generations to _______ that history from being lost.

Solution

  1. desert
  2. history
  3. today
  4. timbuktu
  5. manuscripts
  6. region
  7. protect

Original Text

Even today, the struggle to protect the books continues. From the 1980s to the early 2000s, Timbuktu scholar Abdel Kader Haidara painstakingly retrieved hidden manuscripts from all over northern Mali and brought them back to Timbuktu. But in 2012, civil war in Mali once again threatened the manuscripts, most of which were evacuated to nearby Bamako. Their future remains uncertain, as they face both human and environmental threats. These books represent our best— and often only— sources on the pre-colonial history of the region. Many of them have never been read by modern scholars, and still more remain lost or hidden in the desert. At stake in the efforts to protect them is the history they contain— and the efforts of countless generations to protect that history from being lost.

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