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UNESCO director general tours the Egytian Museum

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova toured the Egyptian Museum and praised the physical actions Egypt's youth took in attempts protect the museum from looters during the revolution

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 14 Jun 2011
Bokova with El-Awadi. Photo by Sherif Sonbol
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UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova inspected the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to check the damage after it was robbed during the chaos of the January 25 Revolution.

Guided by Tarek El-Awadi, director general of the Egyptian Museum, Bokova visited the golden treasures halls, the mausoleum of mummies as well as the artefact showcases, which were reported missing but recovered.

Talking to the press Bokova expressed her satisfaction with what she saw during her tour and the restoration work carried out on the objects that were reported missing and then recovered. She said that the Egyptian museum is safe and sound.

Supervisor of the office of the minister of state for antiquities, Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, quoted Bokova as saying that UNESCO will exert all its effort to help protect Egypt’s heritage, as well as to recover its missing objects.

Bokova was worried about Egyptian archaeological digs and artefacts amidst the chaos during the revolution, but she applauded the Egyptian youth for forming a human shield to protect the Egyptian Museum and the Library of Alexandria.

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