By Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters
Over the last couple of a long time Afghanistan's cultural background has confronted unprecedented demanding situations. Looting of the nationwide Museum, 'Kabul Museum', the overlook of monuments and large unlawful excavations have taken position. although, what particularly shook the area used to be the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in March 2001. This quantity makes a speciality of Afghanistan's cultural historical past security. Its function is threefold. to supply an summary of the range of actions undertaken within the cultural background box. to alter public opinion right into a extra confident one. And to function an instance for destiny generations. This multidisciplinary ebook (including contributions from archaeologists, linguists, and legal professionals) will curiosity either students within the cultural, felony and humanistic box in addition to the general public at huge. Many extraordinary photos are incorporated.
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What follows is an attempt to provide some details of the work of SPACH during the period and to outline the cultural and political context in which those activities have taken place. SPACH and the National Museum of Afghanistan (the Kabul Museum) One event in particular that brought the founders of SPACH together in order to create a focal point for concerns about the plight of cultural heritage in Afghanistan was the looting of the National Museum in 1993. Principally, through the eﬀorts of Nancy Dupree, Sotirios Mousouris (the UN Special Representative to Afghanistan in 1994), several professionals and concerned individuals closely linked to the Museum, including Jolyon Leslie, Najibullah Popal (the then Director of the Museum), Ambassador Pierre Lafrance, Carla Grissmann, Brigitte Neubacher and Juliette van Krieken, this Society was created initially to try to stem the tide of looting and destruction suﬀered 20 brendan cassar & ana rosa rodríguez garcía by the Museum.
SPACH is continuing its Library Series and has generous contributions from various leading academics in Afghan studies lined up for publication in the coming year. All the articles will be translated and published in Dari and Pashto in order to provide much needed materials to students and other interested parties studying in the cultural heritage area in Afghanistan. Public Awareness-raising To raise awareness among the general public, SPACH produced a full-length feature ﬁlm in cooperation with Afghan Film, and with funds from the Netherlands, called ‘Rediscovered Homeland’.
Firstly, lawlessness, intermittent factional and anti-governmental hostilities continue in provinces where historical monuments and archaeological sites of world signiﬁcance are situated. The threat to these sites comes from increasing looting, vandalism, neglect, and occasional military action. These hostilities impact negatively on the social and economic stability of communities and the ability of government and non-governmental organizations to deliver development projects to those regions.