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Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections

“Protecting cultural heritage during an armed conflict is challenging, and, at times, proves to be life threatening. Yet communities trapped in war zones valiantly try to save their cultural heritage, as it provides a sense of continuity amid turmoil and uncertainty. A striking example of a community-led rescue of cultural heritage is the successful evacuation of the privately held manuscript collections from Timbuktu during the conflict that broke out in northern Mali in 2013…


It [this handbook] provides step-by-step guidance for evacuating cultural collections under extreme conditions.” (p.6)