War destroys museums, destroys Yemen’s present, future

The Sanaa museum miraculously escaped years of bombing by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against the Houthi group.

But Yemen’s museums, the richest in the Arabian peninsula, are a reminder of the toll that war has taken on the country’s cultural heritage, often eclipsed by civilian casualties and the dire humanitarian situation.

Most of the collection was moved to safe rooms in the museum when the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015. But the museum has already lost around 70% of its collection, even though some stolen artifacts have been recovered from local markets and volunteers have brought back other pieces.