Tuesday 2 April 2013

From SAFE - Remember Iraq Museum

The looting of the Iraq Museum  began on 10th April 2003. SAFE is commemorating it:

Marking the 10th anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum, SAFE launches The Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage http://bit.ly/Z3iz9m and invites all citizens to light a candle and share their remembrances and thoughts on the current situation, contemplate the future, and take the opportunity to announce their related efforts in preserving the future of our past. These comments and reflections will be posted on SAFE's web site and its social media outlets.

Furthering its commitment to raising public awareness about the global concern of looting and the illicit antiquities trade, SAFE aims to gather these reflections in a memorial booklet as a public statement of concern, and as a tribute to all those who safeguard the future of our past.

SAFE initiated the Global Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum with Dr. Donny George Youkhanna in 2007 to commemorate the looting of the Museum which became the impetus for the founding of the organization. Institutions and individuals from around the world hosted and attended lectures and candle-lighting ceremonies. A video of these events was compiled to mark the 5th anniversary. In 2011, the Vigil was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. Youkhanna.

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