Yale Institute Director on Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict

28 May 2015 8:18 AM | Anonymous

Yale Institute Director on Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict  

 

By Diane Orson May 26, 2015

Since the ISIS takeover of Palmyra in Syria, hundreds are feared killed by the so-called Islamic State. Amateur videos posted online yesterday also appear to show buildings of the ancient city damaged in the fighting.  Palmyra is considered to be one of the most important cultural centers in the world.

WNPR's Diane Orson spoke recently with Stefan Simon, director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University.  He works closely with UNESCO to focus attention on what's happening to cultural heritage sites in the Middle East, Africa and around the world.

Simon had been -- until a few days before the conversation -- in close contact with his colleagues in Syria.  Orson asked him to explain a bit more about Palmyra, a World Heritage Site.  

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