Iraq Unveils Gorgeous Plans for First New Public Library Since 1970s Iraq Unveils Gorgeous Plans for First New Public Library Since 1970s
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Iraq Unveils Gorgeous Plans for First New Public Library Since 1970s

by Adele Peters

June 15, 2013

After decades, Iraq will finally soon have a new public library. It's part of a bigger "Youth City" plan for part of Baghdad, intended to inspire the younger generation. Developer Ali Mousawi explains his motivation:

I had to leave Iraq myself in 1982 and returned in 2003 to assist with the rebuilding of the country, with the aim of revitalising Iraq and establishing a new vision for the future. What I saw when I returned and still see today is that the Iraqi youth are in many ways lost. They have been surrounded by violence, and for years there has been a lack of services and few opportunities for work or personal development. We hope that the library will help shape Iraq’s next generation of intellects and politicians, artists and writers, poets and musicians, doctors and lawyers, and change makers.


 

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Iraq Unveils Gorgeous Plans for First New Public Library Since 1970s