May the force be with you, Tunisia: The battle begins to save Star Wars set from the sandy elements
A new hope: Star Wars set is a Tunisian tourist hotspot (file/AFP)
Star Wars fans will be pleased to learn that Tunisia has launched a fundraising campaign to restore the symbolic hometown set of Darth Vader, AFP reports.
The fictional set of Mos Espa – built in Ong Jmel, south of Tunisia, has been damaged by sand dunes since it was built during the 1990s prompting the tourism ministry to launch a campaign to raise 300,000 Tunisian dinars ($190,000) for the repairs.
Tunisian authorities have already donated 160,000 dinars ($100,000) to the project and have joined forces with other organizations to launch the “Save Mos Espa” campaign.
“Mos Epsa is located in a very windy region, threatened by sand dunes which the wind moves by around 15 metres a year. One dune has already buried 10 per cent of the site,” Nabil Gasmi, a representative from a tourism group told reporters.
The desert set comprises of dome-like buildings made of sandstone, which were featured in Star Wars Episode One, The Phantom Menace.
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