Iraqi Kurds digitise books to save threatened culture

Dohuk (Iraq) (AFP) – Huddled in the back of a van, Rebin Pishtiwan carefully scans one yellowed page after another, as part of a project launched by the Kurdistan Centre for Art and Culture (KCAC) to digitise historic Kurdish texts at risk of disappearing forever. Kurds are seen as the world’s largest stateless people and in Iraq, where the KCAC’s project takes place, the minority group was persecuted — with thousands killed — under late dictator Saddam Hussein.


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