At the dawn of the 21st century, the world took notice of the destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East with the Taliban's destruction of the Buddhas of Afghanistan. More recently, the Islamic State's destruction of heritage sites in Syria have gained international attention. In Africa, the destruction of historic shrines in Mali have led, for the first time, to a criminal prosecution in an international court.
Prison Sentence Over Smashing of Shrines in Timbuktu: 9 Years
By Marlise Simons
The New York Times
September 27, 2016