Sunday 21 August 2011

One year ago

One year ago A Vincent van Gogh painting, "Poppy Flowers," was stolen in broad daylight from Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil Museum. The security cameras were not working, the object was not recovered. Several people were dismissed from their posts and some ended tried in court and sentenced to jail. That was one modern painting.

Coming up to seven months ago on the other side of the river, a group of people rampaged around the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, broke 17(?) cases, smashed some 70 objects all of them several thousand years old and some irreplaceable, stole a bunch of them and made off into the dark with them strewing some in the garden on the way. The security cameras were not working, three guards were reportedly on duty even though a full blown riot had been going on just outside the Museum gates for three days. Nobody is known to have lost their job, the Museum Director responsible is still in his post. Why?

Vignette: Cairo logo.

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