Saturday April 10, 2010 – Monday April 12, 2010
In 2010, SAFE began to refocus the purpose of its candlelight vigil so that in addition to being a commemoration of the looting of the Iraq Museum, it was also a reminder that worldwide threats to cultural heritage – from natural disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti to manmade destruction like the razing of Kashgar – are ever present and continue to create obstacles for those who work to preserve our history.
The ransacking of the Iraq Museum provided the impetus for the founding of SAFE. In 2009, the museum did open briefly for officials and journalists. However, it is still not open to the general public. In keeping with the wishes of Donny George, former Director of the Iraq Museum, that we hold vigils every year until the Iraq Museum is open to the public.