Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Iraqi National Library

The Radio 4 Taking a Stand programme this morning (repeated at 21:30 this evening) featured an interview with Dr Saad Eskander, director of Iraq's National Library in Baghdad. It was a very moving interview as Dr Eskander has experienced members of his staff being killed while trying to reconstruct the library following the damage caused by looting following the invasion. He also had to try to rebuild the collection at a time of civil war, political corruption and death threats.

Dr Eskander wrote a blog between November 2006 and July 2007 which can be found on the British Library website. There is also a Facebook group for the Iraqi National Library (you will have to sign up to Facebook to see this).

You can listen to the programme on the Radio 4 website.

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