Bokova has been showing UNESCO's support for the Egyptian revolution and giving her assurance that the international body would back the integrity of the nation's archaeological treasures after the thuggery and vandalism in the lawless days of the uprising.
Guided by Tarek El-Awadi, director-general of the Egyptian Museum, Bokova visited the golden treasure galleries, the mummy mausoleum and the showcases displaying the artefacts that were reported missing and have since been recovered.
El-Awadi told Al-Ahram Weekly that Bokova had expressed her satisfaction with what she had seen and with the restoration work that had been carried out on those objects that had been damaged. She said that the Egyptian Museum was "safe and sound", and said she was very pleased that 34 of the 54 objects that went missing had been retrieved. She promised that UNESCO would help Egypt recover all its missing items, not only those from the museum but also those stolen from other archaeological sites.
Ahram Online (Nevine El-Aref)
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova inspected the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to check the damage after it was robbed during the chaos of the January 25 Revolution.
Guided by Tarek El-Awadi, director general of the Egyptian Museum, Bokova visited the golden treasures halls, the mausoleum of mummies as well as the artefact showcases, which were reported missing but recovered.
Talking to the press Bokova expressed her satisfaction with what she saw during her tour and the restoration work carried out on the objects that were reported missing and then recovered. She said that the Egyptian museum is safe and sound.