Wednesday, June 22, 2005

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Iraq on the "Endangered List?"

Iraq makes endangered list

Excerpt: New York - A Roman aqueduct in Spain, New York City's hotly debated "lollipop building" and the entire country of Iraq are among the World Monuments Fund's list of 100 most endangered sites has announced.

"This is the first time we have listed a country as endangered, and I think that we can all understand that every site in Iraq that is significant in terms of cultural heritage is at risk today," Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monuments Fund, said on Tuesday."

"She said thousands of important sites in Iraq, known as the cradle of civilisation, are at risk from war, looting and neglect."

I know that in the first days after the war started there were some stories that priceless artifacts from museums were being looted and even yesterdaythere was a report of ongoing looting and destruction of artifacts.

(I know....It's the BBC...)

Yet I hope that in any case the Iraq government and with our help can put a stop to any further loss of history if it is taking place. Truth is that one day I hope to visit the new democracy and view some of the museums and things of old.

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