Irak, the devasted craddle of humanity

Just after West Mosul was liberated by the Iraqi army from the hands of ISIS, the authorities discovered the scale of the destruction. It was caused not only by the combat but by the premeditated action of the jihadists that destroyed Mosques, Museums in their attempt to obliterate part of the Iraqi culture heritage.

Grand reportage, for Radio Francia Internacional. You can listen to it by clicking here.

Or you can read part of the text on RFI’s website.

Caption for the photo:

An Iraqi police officer stands at exact site where used to lie the remains of Prophet Jonas, in what once was a mosque in Mosul, pillaged and then destroyed by ISIS. Jonas is a central figure for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. February 2017.

Parado donde antes reposaban los restos del profeto Jonás, un policía iraquí mira el tragaluz de la ahora inexistente mezquita, pulverizada por una explosión del Estado Islámico que consideraba el sitio como herético. Jonás es una figura sagrada para los judíos, cristianos y musulmanes, pero nada queda de su tumba en la antes imponente mezquita en la parte este de Mosul, donde el grupo yihadista Estado Islámico reinó durante más de dos años hasta que el ejército la recuperó en enero de 2017. Los yihadistas financiaron parte de sus acciones vendiendo tesoros religiosos y arqueológicos de Irak, como los encontrados en la tumba del profeta.

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