UNESCO Beirut Office in the framework of the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project, funded by the European Union and supported by the Flemish Government and the Government of Austria has produced a movie paying attention to the illegal trade of cultural goods.

Conflict situations and natural disasters increase the risk of theft and trafficking dramatically. Too many instances of plunder, theft and trafficking of cultural objects go unseen or unsolved. The theft, pillage and illicit trade in artefacts are the outright negation of peoples. They reduce history to the level of merchandise. They are seriously detrimental, and often irreversibly so, to the collective memory, social cohesion and mutual enrichment.

Spread the message and help stop illicit trafficking of cultural property!

Keep an eye out for these red flags:

  • Is there dirt on it?
  • Does it seem like a broken fragment of a larger artifact?
  • Is there a reference number painted on its base that looks like it's from a museum?
  • Does its price seem too good to be true?
  • Can the seller provide you with the object’s provenance paperwork?

 * Discover what we're up to in our fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural goods: http://on.unesco.org/2qnXeYi  #CulturalHeritage #Unite4Heritage


Video credits:
Produced by Keeward
Illustration, Animation and Sound Design by Squarefish

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