Under all sorts of such dire and exceptional circumstances, the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums is still carrying out its responsibilities relying on the persistence of its devoted employees and armed with the will to defend Syria's cultural heritage, which is the unifying factor of all Syrians and the key component of their cultural and national memory. Its 2500 employees (archaeologists, engineers, legislators, inspectors, administrators, guards, etc.) are all over the governorates of Syria. Most of them, as well, are working tirelessly and diligently, and some of them have given up their lives for the sake of duty.
Thus, we hope that those who are keen on our cultural heritage in Syria and the world will help us to protect and safeguard it, as much as possible, against imminent dangers, to prevent using it for cheap political purposes affecting its respectable world reputation and to lend a hand to the DGAM's employees in order to enable them to resume their duties.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have assisted us in the task of defending our heritage by means of their expertise, directions and support to our institutions and personnel. Hence, our special thanks go to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its regional offices, ICCROM, ICCOM, ICOMOS, ARC-WH, World Monuments Fund in New York, most of the archaeological expeditions working in Syria, some archaeologists, Associazione Priorità Cultura in Rome, the INTERPOL and World Customs.
Finally, we would like to assure you that we will do our best and cooperate with dedicated people everywhere using all the energy and determination available so as to protect and rescue our cultural heritage.
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