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Anonymous man to rebuild Mosul library destroyed by ISIS
    2017-July-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

The library at the University of Mosul, among the finest in the Middle East, held 200,000 volumes prior to its destruction at the hands of ISIS.

The original collection contained important materials, including historic maps and periodicals from the Ottoman era, and ancient Islamic manuscripts, including a ninth-century Quran.

Now that Iraq’s prime minister has declared the end of ISIS, anonymous blogger Mosul Eye is continuing his crusade to rebuild the library’s collection. The blogger, who hides his identity to protect himself and his family, fled Mosul in 2016 but has continued to chronicle life in the city under ISIS.

“Because rebuilding the libraries and filling them back with books is one of the most significant forms of rebuilding Mosul civilly, we launch this international campaign to collect books and all types of printed products (magazines, periodicals, newspapers, references, archives, and the like) in all disciplines of knowledge and science,” he said.

Soon, donations began pouring in, both from Iraq and abroad. In Baghdad, an event was held, asking citizens to purchase books from a street market, which were then donated to the library. The help also comes from abroad, with the initiative receiving books from Australia, the United States and countries across Europe.

Mosul Eye reports that about 10,000 books have been donated so far. The aim is to arrive at 200,000 for the reopening of the library. Donations are currently being shipped to the city of Irbil, where volunteers are sorting and cataloging the new collection. All subjects are welcome, but they are especially looking for books on medicine, science and the humanities.

Though some of the precious materials in the library can never be recovered, Mosul Eye reminds people that rebuilding the space is an important step in Mosul’s future.

“We need to reconnect Mosul again with the rest of the world,” he shared. “We will need the world to take the same amount of interest it has after ISIS took over the city. Don’t abandon us now.”

Words to Learn 相关词汇

【奋斗】fèndòu crusade a concerted effort or vigorous movement for a cause

【涌入】yǒngrù pour in continue to arrive in great numbers

在被ISIS摧毁以前,摩苏尔大学的图书馆藏有20万册图书,是中东地区最好的图书馆之一。

图书馆的原始馆藏中有很多重要资料,包括许多奥斯曼帝国时期的历史地图、发行刊物以及古代伊斯兰教手稿,其中还有一份九世纪的《古兰经》手稿。

如今,伊拉克总理宣布ISIS已经终结,而匿名博主“摩苏尔之眼”正为重新恢复该图书馆的藏书而继续努力。为了确保自己和家人的生命安全,他隐藏了真实身份。2016年他逃离摩苏尔后,坚持纪录ISIS统治下的摩苏尔人生活。

“重建摩苏尔文明最重要的方式之一就是重建图书馆并恢复馆内藏书,因此我们发起这项全球活动,募集各种学科和科学的图书和各类印刷品(杂志、期刊、报纸、参考文献、档案等等)”。

很快,募捐活动就收到来自伊拉克和其他国家的大量图书。巴格达举行了一场活动,呼吁市民从集市上购买图书然后捐赠给图书馆。他们还获得了海外援助,收到了来自澳大利亚、美国和欧洲国家捐赠的图书。

“摩苏尔之眼”称目前已收到捐赠图书约一万册。他的目标是在图书馆重新开放时捐赠数能够达到20万册。捐赠的图书被运往埃尔比勒,那里的志愿者正对新的藏书进行分类和编号。任何学科的图书都可以捐赠,尤其是医学、科学和人文学科方面的。

虽然图书馆中一些珍贵的材料已无法复原,“摩苏尔之眼”依然提醒人们,重建图书馆是关系到摩苏尔未来的重要一步。

他说:“我们需要将摩苏尔与世界其他地区重新连接在一起,和被ISIS组织占领后一样,这里现在同样需要世界关注。不要现在抛弃我们。”

(Chinadaily.com.cn)

 

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