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“If They Want to Ban Our Music, They Will Have to Kill Us First”

In the aftermath of political upheaval, Mali struggles to preserve its Islamic heritage

©UNESCO/Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Timbuktu, Sankore (Mali) - 2005

Amid all of Mali’s recent violence and political upheaval, protecting its cultural heritage might seem like a relatively low priority. However, in 2012, extremists wrecked many of Timbuktu’s 500-year-old mausoleums, important artifacts integral to the history of Islam in North Africa. Ever since then, the restoration of the country’s architecture and other cultural patrimony has become a symbolic quest, seen as essential to preserving Mali’s identity.

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A Blind Legend, an All Audio Video Game

First they gouge your eyes out, then the real fun begins.

To offer a gaming experience equally accessible to people across the vision spectrum, the French creative studio DOWiNO is building an entire virtual world based only in sound. In A Blind Legend, you assume the role of a knight whose eyes were cruelly gouged out. To add insult to injury, your wife has also been stolen away by a ruthless enemy and you’ve been left only with your auditory senses to lead you to vengeance.

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