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UNESCO vows to revive Iraq’s cultural legacy

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UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay affirmed her unwavering commitment to assist with the restoration of Iraq’s cultural heritage during a walk on the recently renovated Baghdad book street on Monday.

The country, home to six UNESCO World Heritage sites, has suffered greatly due to years of war and insurgency, resulting in damage or loss of many Mesopotamian, Islamic and Christian treasures.

Iraq is the birthplace of civilisations where the first cities and writing emerged, but decades of unrest have taken a heavy toll on its priceless cultural heritage. “It’s the culture, the education, that were deliberately destroyed, attacked, in a country with a thousands-year-old history,” Azoulay told AFP.

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