The current unrest in Egypt poses significant danger to priceless artifacts in its most important museum.
The Egyptian army secured Cairo’s famed antiquities museum early Saturday, protecting thousands of priceless artifacts, including the gold mask of King Tutankhamun, from looters.
The greatest threat to the Egyptian Museum, which draws millions of tourists a year, first appeared to come from the fire engulfing the ruling party headquarters next door on Friday night, set ablaze by anti-government protesters.
Then dozens of would-be thieves started entering the grounds surrounding the museum, climbing over the metal fence or jumping inside from trees lining the sidewalk outside.
At some point, rioters managed to break into one area of the museum and destroy two ancient mummies. Thankfully, the rest of the museum was protected by fast-acting citizens and eventually the Egyptian military. The full story is here.
We remember how the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad was thoroughly plundered by looters in 2003. Many of those treasures from thousands of years ago are still missing.
Let us pray that the turmoil in Egypt and elsewhere results in peace and a greater good.