E5 • Timbuktu's Lost Treasures
Reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy leaves the Channel 4 News studio behind and together with director Karim Shah hits the road, heading to the Republic of Mali, a landlocked country in west Africa and the continent's eighth largest. There, he finds a troubled nation as ongoing fighting and the growing threat of Islamist extremism has severely impacted tourism. Only last month, at least 53 soldiers and one civilian died in an attack by Islamic militants. The disturbances are also threatening the upkeep of historic sites and cultural treasures of global significance.