Intensifying the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property in West Africa

15 Sep 2012 1:40 PM | Anonymous

Intensifying the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property in West Africa

The Big Mosque of Djenne in Mali © UNESCO/Alexis N.Vorontzoff

West Africa, especially the Sahel, is facing a renewed threat of illicit trafficking of cultural property.

The current situation in Mali has significantly increased the danger, and UNESCO is particularly concerned about the cultural heritage of the country, especially in the northern part of Mali. Other countries in the sub-region are also the target of looters and traffickers.
"We need to mobilize more countries in this fight against this scourge. It's  imperative to develop legal and operational capacities, both at national level and through sub-regional cooperation," says Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar.

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/single-view/news/fighting_against_illicit_trafficking_of_cultural_objects_in_west_africa/

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