Mali’s cultural heritage, including its ancient manuscripts, was severely damaged. In Timbuktu, many valuable manuscripts were burned or stolen, forcing their owners, communities and local NGOs to send them to Bamako, the capital of the country. Timbuktu was the cultural, economic and intellectual capital of Mali and also the home of the first university. The scholars that visited Timbuktu studied astronomy, medicine, poetry, and music and debated the details of Islamic law.
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1.Capetown South Africa-They have an app there called Washr , a laundry service that promises to collect dirty clothes and return them clean within 24 hours. The online app allows users in Cape Town (and soon Johannesburg) to enter a convenient date and time to get their laundry cleaned, and was launched to compete with the high proportion of local domestic workers in South Africa
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Many women and some fashion models have bleached their skin seeking to achieve a “café au lait” color due to low self esteem. This year, however, Senegal’s marquee fashion event is taking a stand against the damaging practice. Ndiaye announced at the opening of Dakar Fashion Week that she had banned any models using skin depigmentation cream from participating in the six-day event. Women of all classes and education levels use these often unregulated skin creams. High-heeled and barefoot women across Senegal show the tell-tale signs of long-term bleaching – resulting in blotches of discolored skin on their arms and faces. The women often use prescription-strength corticosteroid creams to lighten their skin. When absorbed into the blood stream, corticosteroids pose serious risks for the heart and can cause skin cancer.