Syria’s civil war has had a devastating impact. Thousands of citizens have lost their lives, and millions have lost their homes. The war has also irreparably damaged some of “the world’s most precious historical sites.”
One of Syria’s most precious cultural sites is the old city of Aleppo. This city is a UNESCO world heritage site, which means that it holds international significance as an important piece of our shared history as human beings. Prior to the civil war, Aleppo was “stunningly preserved.”
The Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums has been doing all he can to protect Syrian antiquities and historical sites, however he simply does not have the resources necessary to deal with a catastrophe of this magnitude. Many artifacts have simply been hidden in cellars or other locations.
Syria is a place of deep significance for humanity because it is where humans first began living in cities, farmed on a large scale, and created the first alphabet. Aleppo is particularly important because it is one of the “oldest continuously occupied cities on the planet.” Along the Silk Route, Aleppo saw many luxuries such as fabrics, ivory, and gold pass through its streets. Syria has also seen its fair share of conquerors, from the ancient Egyptians, to the French and British.