Lankester said that many of his Tuareg employees have left Timbuktu, Gao, and the surrounding cities.
Perhaps inevitably, the women of Timbuktu were singled out for special persecution.
Plus, Blake Gopnik on whether destroying Timbuktu's heritage is un-Islamic.
city on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, older spelling Timbuctoo, used allusively in English for "most distant place imaginable" from at least 1863.
A remote town in western Africa. Figuratively, it is a faraway and unknown place.