Great News: Municipal equipments donated to Mosul municipality by USAID

USAIS has donated large municipal equipments to Mosul municipality which shall help expand the work to more districts. the Municipality has suffered from the lack of municipal equipment which was destroyed by ISIS and during the battle to retake Mosul.

Monstrously and Unbelievably Happy News: Saffarin (Repoussé and chasing) market is back to live in Old Mosul

When I saw the photos coming from the Saffarin Market (where the artisans of metalwork that belongs to the most famous school in the Middle East “Mosul School of Metalwork” a group of 13th-century metal craftsmen who were centred in Mosul, Iraq, and who for centuries to come influenced the metalwork of the Islāmic world from North Africa to eastern Iran.Under the active patronage of the Zangid dynasty ,the Mosul school developed an extraordinarily refined technique of inlay—particularly in silver—that far overshadowed the earlier work of the Sāmānids in Iran and of the Būyids in Iraq.

The market is now open again after the massive destruction of the recent battle to retake the city from ISIS. That’s makes me monstrously happy.

Video: Two years after the liberation, the centre of Mosul’s bookshops and stationers is still in ruins

Two years since Mosul was liberated, but half of the city is still in ruins with no clear plan for reconstructions.

We walked through al Najafi street, the center of Mosul’s bookshops and stationery and the distentions for Mosul’ intellectuals. We saw only one bookshop has reopened while 100s of shops are still closed.

Al Najafi Street used to be a hub for bookshops. But it was destroyed in the military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group in June last year.

Recovered: More shops opened in Old Mosul

With only local efforts by Mosulis, more shops are reopening in Old Mosul and its Old Bazaars. In the photos you can see that more shops from Babu-l Saray have opened after they were rebuilt by its owners. The rehabilitation and recovery of the old markets can help Mosul recover faster as it brings more jobs to endorse the local economy of the city. The more and faster recovery of the Old City of Mosul shall help stopping the current attempts by the governor of Mosul to demolish the Old City and replace it with ugly modern shopping centers. It will also help the citizens to return home from the IDPs camps.

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Demographic change in Mosul and ‘new conflict hotspot’.

What are the current major problems in Mosul?

– Security: No clear authority, PMU has the power over everyone else. – Housing: 1000s of people still have no houses in Old Mosul, others are selling their houses and leaving the city. The well respected military commander by the people Najim al Jaburi of Mosul was fired recently and replaced by another one from Abu Gharib who has know knowledge of the situation of Mosul.

– Reconstruction plans: No clear plans, attempts to seize the Old Mosul to build commercial markets. – The tension over the religious endowment between the Christian, Sunni and Shia endowments in Mosul is growing and is creating a ‘new conflict hotspot’.

– Society: ISIS families problem still unsolved and is creating more social problems. 1000s of children have no access to health, education and basic services. – Health: One of the major problems in Mosul as many hospitals were destroyed and still not been rebuilt.

– Education: 80 student for each class. – Jobs: 1000s of youth have no jobs.

“Unknown buyers” are buying 30 houses a week in Old Mosul. Sometimes they buy 20 house a day. People are leaving to Kurdistan because they have not even basic services. Government isn’t providing anything. UNDP did nothing so far regarding infrastructure or what makes people return. Local government is bargaining the locals to sell their houses. People are asking for support to return home but no one is responding to them. Two days ago people from Old Mosul told the governor we want your support to rebuild our houses, we won’t sell them. We won’t rebuild them, forget it, the governor said.

Goethe in Mosul: Ein neues Ost-West-Verständnis

Goethe in Mosul: Ein neues Ost-West-Verständnis

Goethe

Schon seit Beginn der Menschheit wunderten die Menschen sich über sich und die Welt um sie herum. Sie konnten unmöglich erkennen, was in ihrem frühen Leben Osten (rechts) und was Westen (links) ist. Dann fanden sie es und begannen, dem Leben um sie herum Anweisungen zu geben. Einige von ihnen gingen nach Osten und andere nach Westen. Andere beschlossen, in der Mitte zu bleiben. Und von da an begannen die Anweisungen, unsere Beziehung zu definieren. Jahrhunderte vergingen und die Menschheit trug dazu bei, Definitionen der Richtungen der Welt festzulegen. Und hier war die Welt im Westen und Osten (mit all ihren unterschiedlichen Auffassungen und historische, soziale, wirtschaftliche und politische Ebenen, die den vermeintlichen zwei Richtungen hinzugefügt wurden).

Nur wenige Menschen entschieden sich für ein anderes Verständnis von Ost und West. Wahrscheinlich war einer von ihnen Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, der das Bedürfnis hatte, zu humanisieren, was Menschen entmenschlicht hatten. Das konnte er in seiner “westlichen” Umgebung nicht finden und fand er in Hafiz, dessen Worte ihn dazu inspirierten, ein erstaunliches Werk zu schreiben, das den deutschen Leser “orientalisierte”, und das war “West–östlicher Divan”.

Goethe verstand die Bedeutung des “Austauschs” und der Kommunikation zwischen den Kulturen. Ein Thema, das die Menschheit geschaffen hat, aber oft vergessen wurde. Aus diesem Grund fand die erste Begegnung zwischen Weidenholzer Josef und mir statt. Das erste Mal, als ich ihn getroffen hatte, habe auch die Worte von Hafiz gefühlt. Er erklärte sein Verständnis von den Ereignissen in Mosul. Ein Mann, der die Konsequenzen des Zweiten Weltkriegs erlebt hat, hat ein besonderes Verständnis dafür, wie wichtig es ist, die Gefühle in Goethes Gedichten und Worten wiederzubeleben. Heute war ich wieder in seinem Büro, um über unsere zukünftige Arbeit zu diskutieren, um Mosuls Jugendlichen zu helfen, ihr Leben und ihre Zukunft wiederzugewinnen.

Omar

Omar

Mosul Recovery: A National campaign to remove harmful plants

the Nineveh Directorate of Agriculture has launched a campaign with the farmers of Nineveh to remove harmful plants from 321236 Acre around Nineveh and Mosul farms.

the harmful plants have caused damage to many farms across Nineveh and has prevented farmers from planting. This campaign comes after the reopening of Al Jazira irrigation system. the removing of the harmful plants will start with Chiliwkhan village south west Mosul. the Nineveh Directorate of Agriculture will also provide farmers with the necessary fertilizers to help them cleaning their farms and removing the harmful plants. 65% of Nineveh is agricultural which is the largest across Iraq and has produced around 500 Ton of wheat and barley in 2018.

Mosul Recovery: Honey production in Mosul reaches a record 48,000 kilograms

In 2018, apiculture in Mosul reached record-level honey production of 48,000 kilograms since the occupation of the city by ISIS. Since 2014, large numbers of farms were destroyed across Nineveh.

There are around 800 beekeepers in Mosul and surrounding Nineveh Province who produce honey for local markets across Iraq. In 2014, many of the beekeepers fled the city or had their farms destroyed by ISIS. The reviving of the honey production contributes directly to the revival of the agricultural sector and local markets, also providing more jobs in the city.

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