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Through the destruction of historical sites, or the illicit trafficking of "blood antiquities," the very history of humanity is under threat. This is especially true in conflict-affected regions of the world like the Middle East and Africa.The shared world heritage of Syria has been looted and destroyed for more than seven years now.It's funding crime, feeding cultural terrorism and, perhaps worse of all, deliberately and systematically destroying the heritage and cultural identity of entire populations.Daesh (ISIS) terrorists are certainly professional cultural criminals, but they're not the only perpetrators. Collectors around the world by buying looted artifacts or so-called "blood antiques," perhaps oblivious to their origins – whether it is a Syrian hand carved statue, an Egyptian papyrus, or a Mayan vase on Madison Avenue – may be financing terrorist rings.This is a global problem that needs urgent global solutions.
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