09/05/2023

Syriac Heritage Museum in Iraq launches multi-language website in collaboration with USAID and Antiquities Coalition

ANKAWA, Iraq — The Syriac Heritage Museum, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Antiquities Coalition, launched its website in four languages on Monday — Syriac, Kurdish, Arabic, and English. The launch event was attended by representatives from civil and governmental organizations, cultural and social associations, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul Mor Najeeb Michael, and US Deputy Consul General in Erbil Zehra Bell.

The project aims to digitize and document the cultural and artistic heritage of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people, making it available to researchers and scholars through a modern electronic media platform. Additionally, the project seeks to develop and archive the museum’s assets using contemporary technical methods to transform it into a unique cultural center.

Bernard Yousef, the museum’s director, highlighted the significance of the project in attracting visitors. Archbishop Michael emphasized the importance of the government’s attention to heritage and urged investment in this cultural aspect.

Deputy Consul General Bell expressed her hope that similar projects could be replicated in various regions of Iraq. The website launch represents a significant step forward in preserving the cultural heritage of the region, enabling future generations to appreciate and learn from it.