aBy Shama Safdar

It’s inconsolable news during the Academy Awards ceremony. When people were busy in watching the Academy Awards, at that time ISIS members were performing the shameful act for the people of Mosul. In the “Mosul Public Library”, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts burned by ISIS members. Furthermore, ISIS “ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices,” said Ghanim al-Ta’an, the director of the library. Notables in Mosul tried to persuade ISIS members to spare the library, but they failed.

The former assistant director of the library Qusai All Faraj said that the Mosul Public Library was housed in 1921, it was the same year of birth of modern Iraq. The Library had maintained the personal libraries of more than 100 great families from Mosul over the last century. It is also said that US tried many times to destroy this Library. ALL Faraj added more by saying that people’s lives are more important than the collection of Library.

It was really miserable condition for library users and staff to see burning books in front of their eyes. Many important and rare books burned like books of Arab Philosopher Averroes collected before his eyes 900 years ago.

“On the same day when ISIS destroyed the library, they also destroyed old church in Mosul. They also burned The Mosul University Theatre as well.

Iraq which was the origin of civilization, the initiative place of agriculture and writing and the home of the Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian and Arab civilizations had never witnessed such an assault on its rich cultural heritage since the Mongol era in the Middle Ages.