The New York Times discusses the day to day activities of Saad Eskander, the director of Iraqâ€™s National Library and Archive in Baghdad, as detailed on his blog at the British Library.
In mid-January, he published a chart on the impact of sectarian violence on his staff for just the month of December. It included 4 assassinations of employees and 2 kidnappings, 66 murders of staff membersâ€™ relatives, 58 death threats and 51 displacements.
The newest entries, posted on Thursday, take readers through Wednesday, Jan. 31. Dr. Eskander writes that the week started off quietly: Most of the staff couldnâ€™t get to work because of blockades and military checkpoints.
One thought on “Baghdad Day to Day: Librarianâ€™s Journal”
We have now posted Dr Eskander’s journal entries for 1-14 February to the British Library website. Dr Eskander’s diary erntry for 8 February is particularly disturbing – a reminder to us of the dreadful situation our professional colleagues in Baghdad are experiencing as they do their jobs.
Andy Stephens, Secretary to the British Library Board
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