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In Chad vandals ruined cave paintings

Photo: David Stanley Approximate age petroglyphs – 8 thousand years

On top of the works of ancient people, the vandals scrawled their names in French and Arabic.

Vandals ruined ancient rock paintings in the Sahara desert, izrisoval their graffiti, said Bi-bi-si the Minister of culture of Chad.

Mahamat Saleh Haroun called “art” modern barbarians on the petroglyphs, whose age is about 8 thousand years, “a tragedy and an affront to the whole history and memory of the inhabitants of Chad.”

On top of the works of ancient people, the vandals scrawled their names in French and Arabic. It is assumed that the vandalism costs the local youth.

Ennedi plateau was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2016.

In caves, canyons and gorges of the massif Ennedi there are thousands of images of people and animals – some of them carved in stone, the other drawn .

Primitive artists have marked them on the surface of the rocks in the Neolithic period when the Sahara was not yet a desert.

In Ennedi plateau sent a team of experts to assess the damage.

The UN representative for culture Abdelkerim Adoum Bahar has told bi-Bi-si, that, in his opinion, the rock carvings can be restored.

Earlier in the gallery the visitor stabbed the painting of Gainsborough.

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