DISPLACED YAZIDI COMMUNITIES AND SYRIAN REFUGEES TO BENEFIT FROM THE UK’S CULTURAL PROTECTION FUND
In a press release by the British Council in Beirut, it said: “Details of organisations who have been given project backing by the UK’s Cultural Protection Fund, which was established in 2016 in order to safeguard and promote cultural heritage at risk due to conflict overseas, have been announced by the British Council and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).”
Release added: “Money from the Fund, which is worth Pound 30million, will be used by selected organisations to work in conflict-affected countries – such as Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Yemen – to allow specialists to carry out projects designed to protect and preserve cultural heritage, including:
– A proposal from the World Monument Fund Britain to teach Syrian refugees stone-masonry skills;
– A project by the University of Liverpool to work with vulnerable and displaced Yazidis in Iraq.
– Initiatives in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to address the physical and social fall-out of years of conflict.”
Release said: “The heritage which the Fund aims to protect and preserve consists of physical monuments and religious sites, as well as “intangible” heritage: inherited traditions, beliefs and cultural identity, passed down through generations – and all of which have been increasingly under threat in the region as Daesh has gained power.
Up to Pound 3.9million has been allocated to projects in the latest rounds of funding, including:
– A project, led by the University of Liverpool, focused on Yazidi historic shrines in Dohuk, Mosul and Sinjar in Iraq. It will engage young Yazidis in documenting memories and experiences associated with the use of the shrines and heritage sites, such as festivals, pilgrimages, rituals and other social practices as the shrines are an important symbol of Yazidi identity and community cohesion.
– A project to train a group of Syrian and Jordanian students, principally Syrian refugees, in traditional stone masonry kills. The aim of which is to address a pre-existing skill deficit in the region, and to put the skills in place to repair heritage when peace comes to Syria.
– A 30 month project, led by The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, will address the needs of cultural heritage on Soqotra, a Yemeni archipelago between Yemen and the Horn of Africa with rich biodiversity. The project will create a database of Cultural Heritage on Soqotra, assessing and making a record of heritage including pre-Islamic rock art threatened with looting or defacement and heritage buildings threatened by uncontrolled building for a burgeoning population. The project also includes activities that will promote the use of the endangered Soqotri language, as a form of intangible cultural heritage.
– A two year project that focusses on the documentation, conservation and adaptive re-use of vernacular built heritage to address severe conflict damage in As Samou, Occupied Palestinian Territories. Through the project, young apprentices will be trained in cultural heritage conservation and heritage management and a new Cultural and Youth Centre will be established.”
Source: National News Agencyhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/displaced-yazidi-communities-and-syrian-refugees-to-benefit-from-the-uks-cultural-protection-fund/National news