Cave paintings at world heritage site defaced; AFP

Chad – Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape

The paintings are located at Archei in the Ennedi Plateau in the northeast part of Chad that borders Sudan

Cave paintings at a UNESCO world heritage site in Chad have been defaced by unknown vandals, the central African nation’s culture minister told AFP on Sunday.

The cave paintings are located at Archei in the stunning landscape of the sandstone Ennedi Plateau in northeast Chad, which is near the border with Sudan.

“We discovered inscriptions left by some visitors. They wrote on top of the cave paintings,” said the minister Mahamat Saleh Haroun, also a Chadian filmmaker.

The natural and cultural landscape of the Ennedi Massif was declared a world heritage last year by the UN cultural agency UNESCO.

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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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Chad cave paintings at world heritage site defaced; AFP

Chad – Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape

Cave paintings at a UNESCO world heritage site in Chad have been defaced by unknown vandals, the central African nation’s culture minister told AFP on Sunday.

The cave paintings are located at Archei in the stunning landscape of the sandstone Ennedi Plateau in northeast Chad, which is near the border with Sudan.

“We discovered inscriptions left by some visitors. They wrote on top of the cave paintings,” said the minister Mahamat Saleh Haroun, also a Chadian filmmaker.

The natural and cultural landscape of the Ennedi Massif was declared a world heritage last year by the UN cultural agency UNESCO.

The writing consists of “some names” of visitors and the last messages date from January of this year, said Haroun who has seen photos of the damage.

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Ennedi Massif And Rock Art, Chad; World Atlas

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Chad – Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape

Ennedi’s sandstone massif has provided a home for a diversity of wildlife and seen remarkable rock art through the ages.

5. Description –

The Ennedi Massif and surrounding rock art in Chad is to be found in the northeastern region of the country in the Ennedi Plateau, which is located in the Ennedi Region of the nation. The site is a giant and impressive bulwark that is located in the Sahara Desert that is surrounded by sands and has magnificent deep valleys, towers, arches and pillars that have all been formed over millennium by the forces of nature. The total site is around 35,000 square kilometers (13,513 square miles) in size.

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