cultural preservation

Two men shaking hands in front of two bells (USAF/Airman 1st Class Braydon Williams)

Historic church bells return to the Philippines

The United States is returning the historic Bells of Balangiga to the Catholic church in Eastern Samar, Philippines, from which they were taken in 1901.
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A Uighur survivor story [video]

When Mihrigul Tursun returned to China, she was arrested and separated from her children. Her crime? Being a Uighur Muslim who had lived outside of China.
People laying offerings at base of statue (© Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. remembers the Ukrainian victims of the Holodomor

The Holodomor was a man-made famine implemented by Josef Stalin in an attempt to crush the Ukrainian people and nation in 1932–1933.
Man on left standing in restaurant and man on right sitting in restaurant (State Dept./David A. Peterson)

Eritrea-Ethiopia peace deal brings hope

Learn what a recent peace accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea means for two businessmen hailing from each country and now living in the Washington area.
Laser map of landscape (© Estrada-Belli/PACUNAM)

U.S. technology helps to unearth Mayan past

Learn how a laser mapping system mounted on an airplane has exposed new details of an extraordinarily complex civilization buried in Central America's past.
Close-up of Nadia Murad (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

A Nobel winner’s fight for religious freedom [video]

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad survived torture and rape by ISIS. She is an outspoken advocate for the Yazidis of northern Iraq.
Aerial view of mausoleum in Historic Cairo (State Dept./ECA Cultural Heritage Center)

Helping communities preserve their heritage

The U.S. helps to repair and preserve sites that are important to communities around the world, including locations in Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Sri Lanka.
Person cutting end of knotted thread from embroidered cloth (© Two Neighbors)

Israeli and Palestinian women weave peace through fashion

Their tagline is "peace through the eye of a needle." Learn how the Two Neighbors fashion company is creating jobs while changing hearts and minds.
Stone ruins of ancient city (© Dea/V. Giannella/Getty Images)

Protecting the legacy of Nan Madol, a lost city in the...

The ancient city of Nan Madol is a marvel of engineering in Micronesia. New funding from the United States will help preserve the site for future generations.