In the two years following Egypt’s 2011 Revolution, the black market trade of Egyptian antiquities has soared to unprecedented levels. The surge has been fueled by the economic hardships of the Egyptian people, coupled with Egypt’s fragile security situation.
According to the Egyptian Council for Culture and Arts, 3,000 Egyptian antiquities were stolen just last year. The council believes that the majority of these artifacts are in the hands of collectors outside of Egypt. Many artifacts have been taken directly from Egyptian museums.
To combat the situation, young Egyptians have started a “stop the heritage drain” movement. Members of the movement post pictures as well as descriptions of stolen artifacts on their Facebook page, in hopes of locating the pieces.