A bishop in Iraq has been nominated for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for saving more than 800 historic manuscripts from destruction by the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS).This is a well-deserved honor for Archbishop Michaeel, one of the Manuscript Men who rescued precious Syriac, Arabic, and other manuscripts from Isis in 2014.
Archbishop Najeeb Michaeel of Mosul, who is one of three finalists on the shortlist for the award, oversaw the evacuation of Christians to Iraqi Kurdistan - and safeguarded manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 19th century - after Daesh took Mosul in June 2014.
For the story of his and their work, see the links collected here. Cross-file under Syriac Watch.
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