Blue Shield reflections on Palmyra, Syria, 22 April 2016

In 2015, the extremist group called the Islamic State (also called ISIS, and Da'esh) took over the World Heritage site of Palmyra, Syria, and caused high levels of deliberate destruction to the monuments there. Although fighting continued elsewhere, Palmyra was recovered by retaken by the Syrian government. the Syrian antiquities authority began to consider damage [...]
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ANCBS Statement on ISIS in Iraq, 10 March 2015

As the widespread fighting in Iraq increased, an extremist group calling themselves the Islamic State (ISIS) rose in power, taking over a large area of Iraq and Syria. Guilty of a huge number of human rights violations, the group have also destroyed cultural heritage. ANCBS Statement on ISIS' heritage destruction in Iraq March 10, 2015 [...]
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Following the 2003 invasion, Iraq slowly descended into civil war. As the fighting increased, Blue Shield International issued the following statement. Blue Shield statement June 17, 2014 PROTECTION OF IRAQI CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES Blue Shield is appalled by the great suffering and loss of life in the current fighting in Iraq and expresses great concern about [...]
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ANCBS Report for the Civil-Military Assessment for Malian Heritage

The objective of the mission was to evaluate the current situation of Cultural Heritage (including monuments, archaeological and historical sites and archives) in Northern Mali after the recent armed conflict. Especially possibilities to establish contacts with the Malian Armed Forces resulting in support for their eventual endeavors to help protecting Cultural Heritage following international legal obligations had to be [...]
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Second Blue Shield Rescue Mission to Cologne, August 2009

On the afternoon of Tuesday 3 March, the building of the Historic Archive of the city of Cologne in Germany collapsed along with two neighbouring buildings. Two residents of these neighbouring buildings were killed. The building dated from the 1970s and contained some 65,000 original charters as well as valuable collections of maps, images, posters [...]
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