IDLIB, Syria – Amid approaching fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces, a group of young people has managed to protect an archaeological museum in the Syrian northern province of Idlib.
Months ago, archaeologists and volunteers dedicated themselves to saving the museum in the last province the Syrian opposition holds and their effort paid off as the museum reopened its doors in August.
“Between university and school students, every week we receive 300 people who visit the installations. This generation has had no access to the cultural heritage during the war and we are happy that they have it now,” Abdul Salam al-Hamo, one of the directors in charge of the museum, told EFE.
The task, however, was not easy as they lack financing sources except for European associations, according to al-Hamo.
The collection of the museum, which was looted on several occasions, includes 4,000-year-old cuneiform texts Italian archaeologists discovered in the nearby city of Ebla in 1975.