|King Lalibela carved this church out of rock 900 years ago....|
the UN decided to "protect" it with this monstrosity three years ago...
This is a UN World Heritage site.
Three years ago, UNESCO decided it needed protecting and they built ugly canopies over the churches. The local people, the priests, Ethiopians at large, did not want the protection. After all, they've survived nine centuries with minimal wear, the climate is dry and benign.
Yet the UN went ahead anyway. The designer should be shot without trial, says Korbus, our resident architect (Korbus "Mercedes"). Not only are they ugly, they are unnecessary. If protection were needed, it could have been done with waterproofing liquids.
But that would have been too simple for the UN. Consider where the money went: to feasibility studies, weather studies, to UN review committees, to the designers and builders, an Italian firm. Money wen't to western companies, to design a western concept, built with western goods and services. All this would have been counted as "aid" to Africa, yet virtually all of it would have gone right "Out of Africa" again.
To add injury to insult: during construction, the "protection" structure fell over and damaged one of the churches: more than it has been weathered over the last 900 years.
A scandal, a calumny, a shame on UNESCO.
|Priest contemplates the inanities of UNESCO...|
The country around Lalibela is picturesque valleys and mountains, growing maize, barley, wheat and aloe vera, seemingly fertile and well-to-do. But this is also famine country. When the dry hits, people starve. Direct action to alleviate this is surely better than vanity canopies.