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2 articles this week have reminded me of the important fact that human beings and places/heritage sites are connected by a powerful bond. We may not value this as much as we should in our daily life, but are reminded of it everytime heritage is under threat. Saving people during conflict is the priority, but if we let their (our) heritage be destroyed we are letting that past to be erased, we are even indirectly giving that past a low priority value, and that will have consequences on how people recover from conflict.

How Places Let Us Feel the Past, by 

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Palmyra: is saving priceless antiquity as important as saving people?, by Jonathan Jones, with the question ‘Do ancient ruins matter compared with human lives?’, reminds us that these old ruins are alive, and makes us think about how it would feel like to be alive but with all our past places erased.

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