In April 2003, the world looked on in horror as the Iraq Museum in Baghdad was systematically and tragically looted. Thousands of invaluable objects went missing or were destroyed. Even today, objects from the museum are still missing. What's more, archaeological sites in Iraq and around the world continue to be plundered for their objects, which are then smuggled and traded illicitly. This immeasurable loss hurts us all, as cultural heritage is a nonrenewable resource to be shared with all humanity.
On April 10-12, the anniversary of the tragic looting of the Iraq Museum, please join SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone and others around the world to commemorate the loss and to acknowledge that we are all responsible for the protection of our shared cultural heritage.
Host a vigil:
Different groups around the world will be joining together to commemorate the looting of the Iraq Museum and make a statement. Holding a vigil of your own is a great way to be a part of something big. You can personalize your activities to best suit your group. Anyone can host a vigil. The first step to planning a vigil is registering it with SAFE at savingantiquities.org/hostvigil.php
Please fill out the form with as much information as possible. Your event will be added to SAFE's list of locations so others in your area can join. If you already have a program planned for your vigil, please include it here. If you don't know yet or if your program changes, just fill out the form with the basic information, such as date and location, and email SAFE later at firstname.lastname@example.org as your plans develop.
Light a virtual candle:
Another simple way to participate in the Global Candlelight Vigil is to light your own personal virtual candle by completing and sending SAFE the form at savingantiquities.org/virtualcandle.php
Your name and location will be displayed on your personal candle page and also will be listed in the column to your right.
Attend a vigil:
You could attend the vigils already registered by others. To find the complete list of the locations that host vigil this year visit savingantiquities.org/attendvigil.php
The "SAFE Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum" group on Facebook is another way you could participate in this year's vigil. You can join a vigil on Facebook by joining the dedicated group at facebook.com/pages/SAFE-Candlelight-Vigil-for-the-Iraq-Museum/108453915840325
What to do after the vigil?
Send SAFE all sorts of materials you have gathered such as pictures and videos of your event, letters and even poems. SAFE will share your material on its website for the future generations to see the continuation of the noble cause. Please coordinate sending your material to SAFE by contacting SAFE at email@example.com
Thank you for being a part of the SAFE Global Candlelight Vigil!
“Let’s gather together and see what we can do, so people will not forget what happened.”
~Donny George, former Director of the Iraq Museum, now a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University.