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Heritage and conflict: Syria's battle to protect its past

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The attacks carried out by ISIS on Syria’s ancient heritage are the subject of a debate this Thursday hosted by the World Monuments Fund (WMF)

Professor Maamoun Abdulkarim, director general of Antiquities and Museums for Syria, will talk on his role as ‘the world’s saddest director of antiquities.’ He will be joined by James Davis, programme manager for the Google Cultural Institute for the event which will be hosted at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, London.

The speakers will report on the latest international efforts to document and preserve the world heritage sites and ancient monuments in Syria that are currently under attack from terrorists.

In what is his first trip to the UK, Professor Maamoun will look at the reasons behind the targeted destruction of these buildings and places and ask what can be done to stop it.

WMF is a leading non-governmental organisation that aims to protect architecture under threat through fundraising, conservation management, education, advocacy and partnership building. It has been working for a number of years on a range of sites in Syria.

John Darlington, the executive director of the World Monuments Fund in Britain says: ‘Professor Maamoun and his team are in Syria seeing the crisis first hand and we welcome him as a latter day Monument’s Man to London to hear his personal insights and to ask how we can help.’

The WMF’s series of events will continue in March, April and June 2016

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