Mosul faced mass heritage destruction by the Islamic State. We asked residents what they thought about rebuilding

Sat, 15 Jul 2023 05:19:00 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"After the Islamic State captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in mid-2014,
they unleashed a wave of devastating human suffering and unprecedented heritage

The Islamic State targeted many of Mosul’s most sensitive and important
cultural heritage sites.

Most notoriously, in 2015 the Islamic State released a number of propaganda
videos in which they had filmed themselves using sledgehammers to topple and
destroy statues at the Mosul Museum, and using power tools to deface giant
reliefs at the ancient archaeological site of Nineveh.

In response to such mass heritage destruction, the international community has
launched various initiatives worth millions of dollars to reconstruct the
heritage sites of the city.

However, very little is known about whether or not the people of Mosul support
such initiatives.

To find out, we conducted a survey of 1,600 people from across Mosul. Here are
four of the more significant findings."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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