The Syrian war was not only a military, geographical and economic campaign but also a ‘cultural’ war ‘systematically targeting’ Syrian sites and heritage, according to the wife of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, Asma al-Assad, who was speaking in Tekkiye Mosque complex in Damascus on Saturday.
Al-Assad made the comments on the side-lines of ‘Shadows’, an event held to celebrate the inclusion of shadow play as the first Syrian element in the List of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.
“It’s a war against identity, belonging and roots but also on cultural heritage. It’s clear that it is a systematic targeting of heritage and the destruction of sites during these eight years of war,” said the Syrian First Lady.
A show acted out with handmade puppets behind a thin translucent screen, shadow play was ascribed in late 2018 by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as in need of urgent safeguarding.
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