Houthi Militia Are Plundering and Pillaging Yemen’s Culture

February 22, 2019

The Yemen war has left a destructive toll not only on its population but also on the cultural history. According to the nation’s Ministry of Culture, the war has resulted in the demolition of irreplaceable sites and monuments.
Documents handed over to a leading daily by the ministry drafted the first ever official account of lost cultural property and relics since the beginning of the destructive war in 2015.
Abdullah Bakkada, Yemen’s Deputy Culture Minister told that from the beginning of the war till the present date Houthi rebels have tried to damage all of Yemen’s history. The truth is Yemen has many historical sites and the destructions that have been caused is mainly due to plundering or direct damage.

The nation has been enmeshed in war for almost four years but a recent barrage of international diplomacy has seen the conflicting sides come closer to a settlement than at any time in the battle. Regardless of the breakthrough of diplomatic endeavors, the Yemeni government continues to blame the militias of trying to move stolen antiquities out the nation for sale on the black market.

Mr Bakkada stated that the ministry has registered and documented a list of damaged monuments and gone manuscripts in order to conserve what is left, authorize future restoration and to assemble support of the international community.

Historical sites like Sanaa’s Old City, the archaeological city of Baraqish, the Great Dam of Marib, and the ancient city of Zabid is still under great threat. A fellow researcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy stated that museums in Taez, Aden, Abyan, and Dhamar, and so on have either been damaged or looted. Yemen’s rich history has been defined as containing the mark of hundreds of thousands of years of human fexibility, starting with the first waves of immigration out of Africa across the Bab Al Mandab strait roughly 60,000 years ago.

Ms DeLozier stated that other heritage construction have also been destroyed, either by a direct strike and during other times by the shock wave from a nearby assault or clash.
The United Nations Cultural agency, UNESCO, has conveyed serious concern over the demolition of cultural sites in Yemen.

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