The United Arab Emirates has offered to fund a project worth US$50 million through UNESCO, to rehabilitate and restore holy and cultural sites in the Iraqi city of Mosul, including two renowned churches, Al-Sa'a and and Al-Tahra churches, which were both demolished by Isis terrorists.
"Hate & violence will never destroy Mosul‘s spirit. We must stand together in solidarity. UNESCO will restore Al-Tahira Church in Mosul thanks to a UAE funded project, promoting a culture of peace and reconciliation." UNESCO tweeted Saturday August 17th.
A few metres from the two churches, the UAE government will also restore the 840-year-old Al-Nouri mosque, located in old Mosul town, which was also destroyed by the terrorist organization, according to the Euronews website.
The UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, described the project as a "historical partnership and unprecedented cooperation to revive Iraq's cultural heritage," adding that the UAE is defending culture, “which is the living spirit of any society."
Azoulay concluded by saying: "we are grateful for their generosity that will pay dividends to the people of Mosul and Iraq in general."
The restoration and rehabilitation process will take five years, starting in 2019.