Conflict and Cultural Heritage in Syria

07 Oct 2013 4:31 PM | Anonymous
Posted: 10/02/2013 6:13 pm

On September 25, at an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) announced the Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods. World Monuments Fund President Bonnie Burnham was one of the speakers at the event, and below is an edited version of her remarks.

Protecting cultural heritage in times of conflict is one of the biggest challenges facing our field. It is a challenge precisely because it is dwarfed in the public's perception by the magnitude of human suffering and civil disruption caused by these conflicts. Contrary to this perception, the loss of heritage is a critical issue, for many reasons, in the context of how to emerge from these disastrous events.

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