Chad’s ancient Ennedi cave paintings defaced; BBC News

Chad – Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape

Ancient cave paintings at a world heritage site in the Sahara desert have been defaced with graffiti, Chad’s minister of culture has told the BBC.

The graffiti drawn on the paintings, which are about 8,000 years old, was “a tragedy… offensive to the whole history and memory of Chad,” Mahamat Saleh Haroun said.

Vandals scrawled their names on top of the artworks in French and Arabic.

The Ennedi plateau was declared a Unesco world heritage site in 2016.

“It’s an African story and they wanted to destroy that.

“That’s why I’m talking about a tragedy, because it’s a part of us,” said Mr Haroun, who is also an award-winning filmmaker.

Local youths are suspected of being behind the vandalism.

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