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MoIC: Efforts made to preserve and protect historical heritages

Afghanistan Ministry of Information and Culture has assured of preservation and protection of the country’s rich historical heritage. Afghanistan is rich in historical heritage as thousands of pieces of cultural and historical artifacts and relics are preserved in the country’s museums. Both Afghanistan and UNESCO celebrated International Museum Day with the Global Museum Community early this week. Marking the day, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa said that thousands of cultural relics have been transferred to the National Museum of Afghanistan since the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate in mid-August 2021. “Substantial efforts have been made to preserve and protect the country’s rich historical heritage. The countries where the historical relics of Afghanistan are being smuggled, should punish the smugglers and not take advantage of the historical artifacts of Afghanistan,” Khairkhwa said. He said that a total of 2,000 pieces of cultural relics have been repaired during the same period, adding that the Islamic Emirate has prevented the smuggling of 1,5000 pieces of the country’s historical relics abroad. The National Museum of Afghanistan is the home of more than 60,000 ancient artifacts of different eras and have been all registered and put on display to both local and foreign visitors. It is said that thousands of local and foreign visitors pay a visit to the country’s national museum each year. It is worth mentioning that International Museum Day is marked each year in most countries of the world. Celebrated each May, this year’s International Museum Day theme, “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”, highlighted the essential role of museums as promoters of the free flow of ideas and knowledge, contributing to a more informed society. Since its inception, UNESCO has recognized museums as one of its most important partners for building peace in the minds of women and men. Today museums specialize in everything from human ingenuity and cultural expressions to natural heritage. They may be indoors, open-air, underwater and virtual, attracting and inspiring millions of visitors each day. As museum attendance continues to grow around the world, UNESCO is working to link its work with sustainable development and peacebuilding. Museums can not only boost local economies, they can serve as important spaces for cultural mediation and dialogue. Through the use of new technologies, museums play an essential role in democratizing access to culture. In recent years, museums have been targeted, looted and attacked for embodying these values of diversity, dialogue and openness. In response, UNESCO continued to assist museums and professionals in various countries, among others, with capacitybuilding workshops, training materials and guidelines. Following the adoption of the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums, their Diversity and their Role in Society, the Organization has been working with governments, local actors and museum professionals across the globe to support its implementation, particularly as relates to preservation, education, communication, economy and quality of life. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.