Jean-Christophe Béchet began his travel diaries in 1987. He went to Timbuktu, a city he had dreamed about since childhood because of its name. In 2012, when he decided to return to the bends of the Niger River, northern Mali was at war. Extremist groups were destroying most of the city’s religious buildings. “Today, the image of Timbuktu appears in my memory like a mirage in a sunburnt desert,” writes Béchet. Tombouctou, peut-être... is the fourth installment in his series of travel diaries.
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