By Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters

This quantity adopts a multidisciplinary technique with contributions from archaeologists, linguists, an architect and attorneys to the numerous demanding situations This complete quantity on Afghanistan's cultural background with contributions from archaeologists, linguist and legal professionals, facing the various concerns fascinated with its safety, offers an insiders' reassessment of the location and well-considered classes for the longer term.

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UNESCO’s experiment of recognizing temporary ‘safe havens’ for Afghanistan outside the country was a major breakthrough and should be considered as an example of the developments taking place in the international management of cultural movables. But as is so often the case in everyday life, the final outcome has to be awaited. Again emphasized are the great results of secret actions by local people providing for a local ‘safe haven’. introduction 9 In the Van Krieken-Pieters contribution various topics are addressed.

It is also often the case that mistakes like this are made simply through a lack of knowledge and information and the absence of coordinated activities. There are so many organizations and interests working in development throughout the country, from the military to local and international NGOs, that it is extremely difficult to know where potentially damaging activities have or are taking place until sometime after the event. Another aspect to this problem is the various well-intentioned donors who have provided funds to construction companies to restore buildings of historical significance for local communities, but with neither party employing the necessary skills or experience to execute the projects satisfactorily.

In 1998, that part of the collections that had been moved to the Kabul Hotel were moved to the Ministry of Information and Culture where it had appeared to have found a secure, albeit temporary home. The Brief Reopening of the National Museum in August 2000 In July 2000, the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture in the Taliban government, Mawlawi Hotaki, made plans to put a small number of objects on display and to organize a public event that would coincide with the presentation of the Rabatak inscription brought back from Pul-i-Khumri, and also to celebrate Jeshyn, Afghan Independence Day, on August the 17th 2000.

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