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Conflict brings with it not only human suffering, but also often produces setbacks for peoples’ cultural acquisitions and accomplishments. Yemen, one of the countries where the Arab Spring has unleashed aspirations for broader freedoms, has has proven no exception with its internal strife overshadowing the rich cultural heritage of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

VOA’s Elizabeth Arrott reports from Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, that there now is an unlikely effort to preserve the country’s past and make it relevant to the future.

 WATCH: Preserving Yemens Past Amid Present Chaos

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