Throughout Syria’s four-year war, many of the country’s ancient monuments and artifacts have been demolished by ISIS and Syrian bombs targeted at Islamic militants. In August, ISIS destroyed Palmyra, one of the most important cultural centers in the world. Yet a group of Syrian refugee artists in Jordan, with the support of the United Nations and Internal Relief and Development, have been salvaging some memories of their country’s destroyed artifacts. Since November 2014, these artists have been constructing miniature models of Syria’s ancient architecture through a project called Syria History and Civilization, according to a reporty by Buzzfeed News. “The artifacts that have been destroyed are a loss to the whole world and not only to Syria,” project coordinator Ahmad al-Hariri told Buzzfeed News. “The goal is to define the Syrian people, preserve our heritage, and prove Syrian identity, and the most important message is to stop the war.” He says that the project is important because some refugee children have never seen their homeland. The monuments can take anywhere from 15 days to three months to complete, depending on the resources available at the time.
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