Ancient cave paintings found in Sahara vandalised with graffiti

Ancient Ennedi cave paintings found in Sahara region of Chad have been vandalised with graffiti. The 8000-years-old artwork has been covered with names in French and Arabic.

The Neolithic artwork (by David Stanley)

Local youths are suspected of being behind the vandalism. The Ennedi plateau was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2016. Thousands of images of people and animals have been painted and carved into the rock surface of caves, canyons and shelters in the area. A team has been sent to the site in north-eastern Chad to assess the damage. The head of the UN’s cultural body in the country stated that the damage to the ancient paintings could be repaired.

The Neolithic artwork (by David Stanley)

(after BBC News & David Stanley)

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