Photos by American Robin
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Clay oven in Timbuktu
Today Timbuktu is a town of 15,000 people and is struggling to avoid being overrun by the Sahara. In 1988 it was included on UNESCO's World Heritage list and in 1990 it was included on the "in-danger" list. There are very few cars in Timbuktu. People walk on sand filled roads. Timbuktu buildings are made of mud. Behive-shaped communal ovens for bread baking are scattered throughout the lanes.
This 19th-century engraving depicts an Arab slave-trading caravan transporting black African slaves across the Sahara. The trans-Saharan slave trade developed in the 7th and 8th centuries as Muslim Arabs conquered most of North Africa. The trade grew significantly from the 10th to the 15th century and peaked in the mid-19th century.
"Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a hero." African Proverb
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