Photos of a Disappearing Life
When we lived in Mali we met fellow Fulbrighter Alexandra Huddleston who had been living in Timbuktu for ten months, working on a photography project called 333 Saints: Life and Scholarship in Timbuktu, Mali. We were wildly impressed by her ability to delve so deep into local life for so long (ten months! alone! in Timbuktu!) and by her photography skills.
Here are just a few of her photos from that project:
Naturally, Alexandra is distraught by the wave of terror and destruction that that the Islamic rebel group Ansar Dine has brought to the town since they took it over in April– which includes tearing down supposedly unIslamic religious structures like the one above. She has made a beautiful and informative video about the situation and is currently researching local aid groups to which she can direct people if they want to help.
Check it out: