tiny mallawi museum
Last Updated : GMT 08:08:10
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

History of Egypt

Tiny Mallawi museum

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Tiny Mallawi museum

Looted exhibition hall at Mallawi Museum
Cairo - Arab Today

Looted exhibition hall at Mallawi Museum Cairo - Arab Today Magdy Tahami looks in disbelief at what remains of Egypt\'s tiny Mallawi museum. The ground is littered with glass from the display cabinets, which once housed its precious collection, after a mob attacked and looted the building, during a nationwide crackdown on Islamist protesters. Before, hundreds of antiquities, statuettes, gold and jewels told the history of Egypt, from pharaonic times to the Muslim caliphs, from the Omayyad dynasty in the 7th century to the Fatimids in the 12th, and touching on Greek and Roman antiquities. For 20 years, these historic treasures were assistant-director Tahami\'s whole life. \"I like this museum more than my own house, I have spent more time there than at home. It is as if it were my house that has been destroyed, burgled and pillaged,\" he says. For him and his colleagues, the Mallawi museum, 70 kilometres (43 miles) from Minya, the town in Upper Egypt south of Cairo, has payed a steep price for the bloody crackdown on protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, toppled by the army on July 3. On August 14, shortly after the police and army launched an operation on pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo that killed hundreds in few hours, several hundred armed men attacked the museum. While nobody is certain who the attackers and looters were, the walls of the museum are still daubed with pro-Morsi slogans. \"Yes to Islam, yes to the Muslim Brotherhood,\" says one slogan, in a nod to the group from which Morsi hails. Another warns: \"Sisi, we are coming,\" referring to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the strongman who announced Morsi\'s overthrow on July 3 after massive rallies against the Islamist former head of state. And the museum, with its antiquities and statues, which a minority of radical Islamists had called to be destroyed, was not the only building to be targeted. In the region, which is home to a sizeable Christian minority, several churches and Coptic institutions have been also attacked. Warned in advance of the bloody events in the capital, the employees closed the museum and barricaded themselves inside with a dozen policemen, but they could not stop the damage, Tahami says. He describes the scene as a \"battlefield,\" with automatic fire echoing from all sides so that \"we did not know where they were coming from or who was firing.\" After several hours, nearly all of the 1,089 museum pieces had been stolen or destroyed, says Tahami. UNESCO said the attack had caused \"irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people\" in a country full of archaeological wonders. \"They took everything. The few pieces they left, because they couldn\'t carry them away, they vandalised,\" Tahami recalls. \"Here, they burned a mummy,\" he says, pointing to a black stain on the ground. Every day, the police says it has recovered more of the stolen antiquities but so far they have only found 221 items. Fearing some of these treasures may turn up on the black market, UNESCO said the looted objects had been recorded and that selling the items is illegal both inside and outside of Egypt. The floor of the museum\'s main display room is still covered with broken glass and wrecked display cases, and a similar scene of devastation can be seen in two adjoining rooms and the one upstairs. In front of the entrance to the museum, still pocked with bullet holes and surrounded by burned-out cars, Khalil Hussein, the head of security, looks on in silence. \"The day after the attack, an official delegation came to see the damage. When they came, a sniper shot our colleague Sameh Ahmed Abdel Hafiz, who worked at the ticket desk, as he was standing in the courtyard,\" he says. During the 2011 uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak, several museums were pillaged, including the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities near Cairo\'s Tahrir square, epicentre of the demonstrations. Source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

GMT 03:42 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Cantona the artist ponders sex, life and death

GMT 08:07 2017 Sunday ,12 November

Nature's nastiest beasts on show

GMT 09:30 2017 Wednesday ,08 November

Archeologists discover ancient gymnasium

GMT 07:26 2017 Monday ,06 November

Heroic Encounters with Our Favourite Superheroes

GMT 09:40 2017 Friday ,03 November

Philippine Everest conqueror prepares

GMT 11:53 2017 Wednesday ,01 November

Exiled Parisian Impressionists reunite

GMT 17:43 2017 Tuesday ,31 October

Pharaonic influences on display

GMT 13:42 2017 Tuesday ,31 October

quarter of Marrakesh sees revival
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

tiny mallawi museum tiny mallawi museum

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

tiny mallawi museum tiny mallawi museum

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Japanese regulators raid Airbnb

GMT 00:44 2017 Monday ,20 November

Japanese regulators raid Airbnb
Arab Today, arab today Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings
Arab Today, arab today Saudi, Bahrain target Iran

GMT 00:48 2017 Monday ,20 November

Saudi, Bahrain target Iran
Arab Today, arab today Europe turns on Facebook, Google

GMT 02:26 2017 Monday ,20 November

Europe turns on Facebook, Google
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Driverless, electric future just round

GMT 02:45 2017 Monday ,20 November

Driverless, electric future just round
Arab Today, arab today Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck

GMT 02:59 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
Arab Today, arab today Mona Abdel Ghany increased artistic activities

GMT 12:15 2017 Friday ,17 November

Mona Abdel Ghany increased artistic activities
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 12:22 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Hanan Metawe denies apology for “Major Treason”

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 02:28 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Anti-drug operation nets 4 tonnes

GMT 01:34 2017 Friday ,17 November

Banyan Tree Phuket Takes Festive Season

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday