Nearly a year and a half after President Hosni Mubarak resigned amid protest from the populace, Egypt faces an ever-increasing threat to its cultural heritage.
Illegal excavations have become rampant across the country, many of which are focused upon treasured landmarks, such as the pyramids at Giza. According to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, 5697 illicit digs have been carried out since early 2011, one hundred times more than the previous year.
At least 35 people have lost their lives partaking in such illegal activities, including ten who were buried alive in March when the pit in which they were digging caved in. Countless others have been killed while protesting against police brutality and military rule.
As the country’s police and security forces sit idly by watching thieves and opportunists rob Egypt of its national heritage, who can the country and its people turn to for cultural security?