Diary of Kurdistan – Day 4 #Treasures of #Erbil…

Treasures of Erbil, Kurdistan:

Two years ago I wrote some lines  on the treasures of Afghanistan and war… And today I add a few lines on the Treasures of Kurdistan…. There are many, many wonders  as described in the book/tour guide  KURDISTAN by Dr. Douglas Layton…but I only had the opportunity to look at  just a couple of things… As I wrote in 2014, as the winds of change are blowing through the  area…what is to become of these  “gifts to the world,” as John Paul II once wrote in his  dedication “Letter to the Artists ?” ….

Just as the Taliban left their imprint in Afghanistan, ISIS/ Daesh is leaving their mark wherever they go …and Mosul, at 56 miles from Erbil, Kurdistan is being destroyed by them… As reported by USA Today on December 12, 2016, “The Islamic State has destroyed world-famous statues and structures in ancient Palmyra, Syria, which the militant group retook this past weekend after being driven out this year….Last year, militants took sledgehammers to 2,000-year-old stone statues at the Mosul Museum and burned books and treasured manuscripts at the Mosul library. They posted the destruction in Internet videos and photos…”

In early December a meeting  was held, co-sponsored by France and the United Arab Emirates,  to establish a fund to protect heritage sites in times of conflict or war…

A short  visual walk through the ancient streets of Erbil, in the heart of Kurdistan, an example of Tolerance, Life…