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Protecting cultural heritage during conflict: first-hand experiences from Somalia, Somaliland, Syria, and Yemen
Even if cultural heritage is protected under international law, it continues to suffer from destruction, damage, illicit trafficking, and plunder in armed conflicts all over the globe. Despite the numerous challenges, many projects to protect cultural heritage during conflict are being implemented. While examples of “destructive” trends have been studied, not much is known about the operationalization of protective measures taken by local actors and authorities in conflict areas. The webinar intends to help build this body of knowledge and to inspire/facilitate this important work. In this panel, Fight for Humanity brings together speakers who are running such projects in Syria, Somalia and Somaliland, and Yemen with the objective to exchange on progress and challenges related the protection of cultural heritage in these extreme situations.

Panelists

• Amer Ahmad, Archaeologist, Co-director, Directorate of Jazira Region, Self-Administration of the North East Syria, Senior Consultant, Orient Association (Syria)
• Dr Jaklin Mansoor Mohammed Ahmad, Associate professor in linguistics & phonetics in Aden University, Ruaa Center (Yemen)
• Dr Sada Mire, Executive Director of Horn Heritage Organization (Somalia and Somaliland)

Agenda

2:00pm Welcome & introduction
2:10pm Panel discussion

1. Cultural heritage context in Somalia, Somaliland, Syria, and Yemen
Q&A session

2. Progress and challenges on the operationalization of cultural heritage protection
Q&A session

3. Looking ahead

3:00pm Concluding remarks
3:15pm End of event

Moderation: Fight for Humanity
Language: English
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