Raghad Hammadi, who is a member of a group of students campaigning to help rebuild the Central Library of Mosul University, speaks with Reuters, in Mosul, Iraq May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid Al-Mousily
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A group of Iraqi university students have found a cause in the ruins of Mosul. They are salvaging what is left of its rich heritage, clearing rubble and distributing aid in a city crying out for help after the war against Daesh (ISIS). Both the leaning minaret of Al-Hadba, part of the 12th century Grand al-Nouri Mosque, where in 2014 Daesh's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate, and the ancient tomb of what is believed to be the Prophet Jonah were destroyed in the military campaign to retake the city.After living under Daesh's strict rule and then the war to retake the city, young women feel as though they have been liberated.The team that set out to rescue the books was mixed, a rarity in Mosul's society, where mingling between sexes outside the family or university was limited even before Daesh.Months after Iraq announced full control of the city, life is back in many parts.
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