Unite for Global Heritage: How can we help?

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Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage

When horrific images of destruction and chaos flash before us day after day, it can be difficult to think that there is anything that we can do to help curb this tide of devastation. We may be appalled by the hateful destruction of cultural heritage and empathize with the people whose legacy is horrifically disrespected, but what can we do … Read More

Unite for Global Heritage: Find or host an event near you

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On April 10, 2003, news of the looting of more than 15,000 priceless artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq shook the world. Archaeologists, museum professionals, and public supporters alike raised their voices against the senseless destruction of cultural objects; objects which not only held significance to Iraq and its history, but to the history of the world. It was ... Read More

2013 Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage commemorative book now available!

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This compilation is the result of organizations and individuals answering SAFE’s call to join us in marking the 10th anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum and the subsequent founding of SAFE. SAFE thanks all contributors for giving us the special opportunity to highlight your efforts in preserving cultural heritage and to hear your thoughts on the fight against looting and the illicit … Read More

SAFE closes 2013 global awareness campaign with gratitude

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SAFE the Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage

SAFE would like to thank you for joining and participating in the 2013 Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage, marking the tenth anniversary of the looting of the National Museum of Iraq and the subsequent founding of our organization. The amount of insightful stories, shared reflections, and heartfelt comments that we have received over the past six months has … Read More

What lies ahead: Interview with SAFE founder (Part 2)

Deanna Baker10 years after, Article, Commentary, Interview, SAFECORNER2 Comments

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In my first interview with SAFE Founder Cindy Ho, we discussed how and why SAFE was founded and some of the challenges of starting an organization. In this installment, Cindy talks about whether she thinks the organization has been effective in reaching its goals and her continued belief in its mission to raise public awareness, ten years after she first had … Read More

Diane Siebrandt on Iraq’s cultural heritage and current preservation efforts

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The following statement and photographs are contributed by Diane Siebrandt, in observance of the 2013 Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage. SAFE is grateful for her insightful reflection. Diane Siebrandt worked in Iraq overseeing the American Embassy’s Cultural Heritage Program between 2006 and 2013. She was able to visit much of the country during her time there, gaining first-hand knowledge while … Read More

The power of culture weakened by looting

Claudia Brose10 years after, Article, CommentaryLeave a Comment

The looting of the Iraq Museum ten years ago was the inspiration for initiating SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone. SAFE was in turn the inspiration for my embarking on a new professional journey – leaving marketing and diving into cultural heritage. The non-profit became my companion in the cultural heritage world for several years. Living in San Francisco I soon found … Read More

The 10th anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum: how will we remember?

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“Look at it still today,” wrote the mythic ruler Gilgamesh of a treasure that is now but a memory. “Touch the threshold, it is ancient…. Climb upon the wall of Uruk. Walk along it, I say. Regard the foundation terrace and examine the masonry: is it not burnt brick and good? The seven sages laid the foundations.” During those frightful … Read More

Ten years after, Juan Cole takes us to the Iraq Museum

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In observance of the 2013 Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage, the following article originally posted here by Juan Cole, is reposted here with Professor Cole’s permission. Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world … Read More