Academics in Mosul are attempting to revive the city’s barren libraries in order to revive the city’s cultural heritage. For centuries, Mosul was known for its artists, writers, and libraries brimming with books in multiple languages, before jihadists destroyed everything.
Historically, Syrian Kurds have been banned from owning bookstores, printing presses and television stations, however, all of this has changed with the start of the Syrian conflict, which has allowed the Kurds to have more autonomous rule over their villages and cities.
In an effort to bring life back to their city, youth in Mosul are attempting to recover the library's books after ISIS burnt many of them before exiting the city. Many of the youth have participated in the Mosul Eye initiative which sought to help rebuild Mosul's libraries.
A public library has been opened in Inkhil, Daraa province, by volunteer teachers. The volunteers discuss the process they undertook to preserve the books and open the library after the conflict settled.