The UN’s (United Nations) cultural organisation, Unesco, will be using $1 million to help restore the heritage of central Mali which was damaged by recent armed conflicts.
The Cliff of Bandiagara, in Mali, is famous for its homes that are carved into the rock as well as the traditional way of life in the area.
Unesco stated that the fighting has destroyed several villages in that area, the Land of the Dogon, and it also destroyed artifacts.
The area was declared a World Heritage Site in 1989.
Unesco has partnered with the International Alliance, which is Switzerland based, for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas.
Buildings and cultural objects have been lost which is causing the decline in cultural practices and traditions of the Dogon, Peuls, Bozo, Bambara, and Sonrhai groups.
It has been estimated that 15 of the area’s, 289 villages have been completely or partially destroyed.
Historically there have been conflicts between the villages but has only become violent after the militant jihadist uprising in northern Mali in 2012.
The conflicts spread to central areas in 2015 which brought more instability, weapons, and a lack of government control in Mopti, Mali.
The $1 million will be spent over three years on restoring the damaged architectural heritage, housing, granaries, sites dedicated to traditional culture, cultural objects, and safeguard ceremonial objects in a memorial collection.
The UN experts will be working with the Malian government.