I don’t usually cover news stories on this blog, but this report is too important to ignore. Associated Press writer Vivian Salama has just released a report in which she states:
“As Islamic State militants set out to destroy Iraq’s history and culture, including irreplaceable books and manuscripts kept in the militant-held city of Mosul, a major preservation and digitization project is underway in the capital to safeguard a millennium worth of history.”
Unfortunately, restoration experts were already swamped with work as they tried to “preserve what’s left after thousands of documents were lost or damaged at the height of the U.S.-led invasion.”
Salvaging these books is critical work, and necessary to maintain cultural identity.
“Library officials say that sharing Iraqi art and literature is key to combatting terrorism. In recent months, the library donated some 2,500 books to libraries in Iraq’s Diyala province after Iraqi forces recaptured towns there from Islamic State militants.”
“The militants “want history to reflect their own views instead of the way it actually happened,” Abdulkareem said. “So when an area is liberated, we send them books to replenish whatever was stolen or destroyed, but also, so that Iraqis in this area have access to these materials so they can always feel proud of their rich history.”
Please share the information about this important work.