Wednesday, February 7, 2007

True Heroes

Here's one of those "side visits" I mentioned in my post of February 6: The New York Times today describes the absolutely heroic work being undertaken by Saad Eskander, the director of Iraq's National Library and Archive in Baghdad, and his staff, to preserve what remains of the priceless material there. The British Library website is hosting Eskander's online diary, in which he describes trying to function in the face of assassinations, kidnappings, death threats, and car bombs. The photo above, by Reuters, shows the looted and burned National Library and Archive in Baghdad in April 2003, a week after U.S. forces seized the capital.


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