As Extremists Approached, An Iraqi Monastery Rushed to Save Its Library of Ancient Manuscripts

As Islamic State group militants advanced toward this monastery perched on a mountain in northern Iraq, the monks rushed to protect a cherished piece of their heritage: Their library of centuries-old Christian manuscripts. Dozens of the handwritten tomes were spirited to safety in nearby Kurdish-ruled areas. There they remain, hidden in a non-descript apartment in the Kurdish city of Dohuk where Christians who have fled the extremists' onslaught are living and watching over them. Their rescue is a bright spot in the devastating onslaught by the Sunni extremists against Iraq's people — particularly religious and ethnic minorities — and Iraq's heritage, as they took over much of northern and western Iraq the past year.



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