SAFE (Saving Antiquities for Everyone)

SAFE (Saving Antiquities for Everyone) is an organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the irreversible damage to the study of history and culture that results from looting, smuggling, and trading illicit antiques. Advocating cultural preservation and educational outreach, SAFE is on the vanguard of delineating the necessity of ethical practices in relation to historical and cultural objects. Recently, SAFE published this interview with Omara Khan Massoudi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan. Massoudi comments on his hopes for the future and why cultural preservation is so essential in Afghanistan.

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James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is chiefly interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Aside from his work at AHE, James is an avid Arabist, devotee of romance languages (French, Portuguese, and Spanish), reggaetoñero, and fan of ice hockey.