The Destruction of Syria’s Cultural Patrimony

17 Dec 2014 12:32 PM | Anonymous

The Destruction of Syria’s Cultural Patrimony

DEC. 17, 2014

The United Nations estimates that at least 191,000 people have been killed and millions displaced as a result of the civil war in Syria.

Those human costs have eclipsed the irreparable harm done to the country’s cultural patrimony during almost four years of conflict. Five of Syria’s six Unesco World Heritage sites have sustained damage, according to a recent satellite analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This month, Unesco convened a meeting at its headquarters in Paris to see what could be done to safeguard these sites from further harm. Part of the challenge, said Giovanni Boccardi, Unesco’s head of emergency preparedness, is convincing the international aid community that cultural heritage also deserves urgent protection