MONROVIA, Nov 16 (LINA) - Over 5,800 pieces of arts and artifacts went missing from the National Museum during the civil conflict, the Director of the Museum Albert S. Markeh has disclosed.
He said reports say most of these materials were smuggled to neighboring countries, while some have surfaced in the African-American and Masonic Museums in the United States of America.
He expressed fear that retrieving these artifacts could be challenging for the National Museum because Liberia has no treaty that empowers its Museum authorities to engage the Americanm useums to retrieve the items.
Director Markeh, however, explained that in the absence of a treaty, the missing artifacts could be retrieved through diplomatic channels, and hoped that the Liberian Government will see the need to engage United States authorities over this matters.
Meanwhile, National Museum Director says he fears that unless something is done urgently to rehabilitate the National Museum building on Broad Street, it will collapse.
He said the building currently housing the National Museum on Broad Street is fast declining, having being built in 1862 and has not undergone major renovation.
By Robert Dixon