For 25 years, Father Michael Najeeb (Dominican priest) has been carrying out a work to preserve the Christian Iraqi heritage. He travels throughout Iraq to collect different types of manuscripts, incunabula and books which he then scans. He stores everything on digital servers in order to disseminate them through the world.
In 2014, the scanning center of oriental manuscripts was created in Mosul. With the advance of the Islamic State, the center with all its collections must be urgently taken to safety. The work of a lifetime is in danger and a huge loss for the eastern Christian communities is looming. In order to erase any traces of what pre-Islamic history of Iraq looked like, any form of knowledge not in conformity with Islam is destroyed by Daesh who are burning books. And so more than 8 000 manuscripts are in danger of destruction.