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A 29-year-old archaeologist from western Syria, Isber Sabrine is using modern technology to trace and document the looting and destruction of his country's ancient heritage. Working from Berlin, he runs a network in Syria of around 150 volunteers -- archaeologists, architects, students and simply concerned citizens -- who often pose as antiquities buyers to see what has been stolen in the course of Syria's now more than four-year uprising. He communicates with them via Skype when the Internet in Syria is working, which isn't often.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova declared that Syrians must unite for the protection of their shared cultural heritage amid a recent escalation in hostilities in Bosra and Idleb.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and French President Francois Hollande sent a strong message of solidarity to the people of Iraq and Syria, and reiterated the urgent need to safeguard cultural heritage of both countries.
Culture Minister Issam Khalil said that as part of the Ministry's plans for expanding its activities, it will organize a national event on October 23rd under the title Syrian Culture Day. In a meeting with local social figures and officials in Idleb province on Friday, Khalil said that the Ministry's plans will focus on childrens culture, raising new generations, and visual knowledge.
A leading Syrian artist has been released after being held by the Syrian authorities for more than two months. Youssef Abdelke was arrested on 18 July, along with two colleagues, by forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, at a checkpoint in Tartous, a southern port city.
The project is aimed at building the capacities of young researchers and granting them the opportunity to focus on working in the field of cultural study and research.