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Iraqi archbishop who helped save ancient manuscripts from ISIS nominated for EU award | The World
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Iraqi archbishop who helped save ancient manuscripts from ISIS nominated for EU award | The World

Archbishop Moussa refers to the day of August 6th 2014 as ‘black night’ because it was the most troubling night he has ever experienced during his lifetime. He had found news of an upcoming attack by ISIS members a few days earlier and knew he had to warn everyone. At the time, the city of Qaraqosh was home to the largest amount of Christian communities, a religion that the ISIS terrorist group believed should be killed for their beliefs. Families followed the Iraqi Archbishop out of the city, along with 800 historic manuscripts and were able to make it safety. Archbishop Moussa has been nominated for the 2020 Sakharov Prize because “He ensured the evacuation of Christians, Syriacs and Chaldeans to Iraqi Kurdistan and safeguarded more than 800 historic manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 19th century.”

Source: https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-09-30/iraqi-archbishop-who-helped-save-ancient-manuscripts-isis-nominated-eu-award-0

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