Iraq museum hopes to reopen after decade of closure

Some artefacts that went missing have been sent back after being seized in the US, Europe and other Arab countries.

Iraq museum hopes to reopen after decade of closure

World Bulletin / News Desk

Following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, museums all over the country were forced to shut down as artefacts are looted and damaged by raiders.

A number of artefacts not only from Iraqi history, but also early human history were lost. But now, over a decade on, museums are hoping to reopen to the public after recovering whatever they could.

Some artefacts that went missing have been sent back after being seized in the US, Europe and other Arab countries.

“We have coordinated with Baghdad security officials to secure the museum in a better manner than before, and we hope that we will succeed in opening the museum in the first half of 2014,” Iraq Museum director Qais Hussein Rashid told the Christian Science Monitor.

The museum was badly damaged when a US tank opened fire on the building, which has just finishe being patched up. However, violence in Baghdad still poses a threat to the building. Just weeks ago, the ceiling of the museum was damaged by a nearby bombing.

Nonetheless, Rashid remains optimistic about reopening the museum. “We are determined to reopen to the public – to families and everybody. Not like last time, when it was open only for officials and for a limited time,” he said.

Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 13:06
Add Comment