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Sudan’s cultural heritage in peril as fighting rages

Sudan’s cultural heritage in peril as fighting rages

IN Sudan's capital, precious books in a major library have been burned and the national museum has been cut off for weeks by fighting. In Darfur, another museum is at risk from seasonal rains after projectiles punctured the roof. The conflict that has been raging between rival military factions in Sudan since mid-April has taken a toll on the country's rich cultural heritage, which includes the ancient Kingdom of Kush that controlled trade between southern Africa and Egypt at the time of the pharaohs. Experts are scrambling to save what they can. According to a report published last week by Heritage For…
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Ghana’s National Museum: superb restoration but painful stories remain untold

Ghana’s National Museum: superb restoration but painful stories remain untold

GHANA’S national museum has reopened its doors after a seven-year closure to allow for major renovations. The museum was first opened in March 1957 as part of the celebrations marking the transition from colonial rule to independence. The opening also marked the end of a bitter struggle between members of the museum staff over issues related to the creation of a new memory space. I traced this history in a paper about the origins of the museum. Author JON OLAV HOVE, Associate Professor, Department of Historical and Classical Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Often, museums are considered spaces…
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