Kuwaiti me­dia del­e­ga­tion vis­its trau­ma­tized, tri­umphant Mo­sul

Group briefed on de­struc­tion, re­con­struc­tion of his­toric city

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IRBIL: A Kuwaiti me­dia del­e­ga­tion, rep­re­sent­ing chief ed­i­tors of a num­ber of Kuwait news­pa­pers and Kuwait Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (KJA), vis­ited the Iraqi city of Mo­sul after its re­cent lib­er­a­tion from the grip of the so-called Is­lamic State (IS). The del­e­ga­tion is among the first Gulf and Arab me­dia groups to visit the city after its lib­er­a­tion, and was briefed with the de­struc­tion in Mo­sul, es­pe­cially the Old City and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites.

Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Kuwait Times Abd AlRah­man Al-Alyan voiced re­gret over the de­struc­tion in the city, hop­ing that life would re­turn to the his­toric city after years of dis­place­ment. The ef­fects of war and de­struc­tion are vis­i­ble on most of Mo­sul’s houses rid­dled with bul­let holes, he said, adding the sit­u­a­tion is tragic, es­pe­cially in the Old City. He added that the res­i­dents of Mo­sul are cur­rently work­ing to re­store life to their city as soon as pos­si­ble, stress­ing at the same time the need to help them, “ma­te­ri­ally and psy­cho­log­i­cally”.

“No words can de­scribe what was seen in Mo­sul, ex­cept for ‘tragedy’ on all lev­els,” said Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Edi­to­rial Af­fairs and Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Saad Al-Ali.

De­spite the vic­tory over ter­ror­ism, Mo­sul has paid much for it and there needs time to re­build, he said. “We con­grat­u­late the Iraqi peo­ple on the vic­tory against ter­ror­ism on the one hand, and on the other, we re­gret what we saw,” Ali said. The re­con­struc­tion process needs de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work for decades as peo­ple of Mo­sul need to be re­ha­bil­i­tated psy­cho­log­i­cally and so­cially due to dis­per­sion and de­struc­tion, he added.

The del­e­ga­tion’s visit re­flects the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Kuwaiti me­dia, un­der­lined Ali, point­ing out that it was an op­por­tu­nity for those news­pa­pers to de­liver their views on the city to their read­ers, es­pe­cially be­fore the donor con­fer­ence for the re­con­struc­tion of Iraq, which was an­nounced by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. KJA Trus­tee Ad­nan Al-Rashed told KUNA: “What we saw today in Mo­sul is sad and joy­ful at the same time, as it is a vic­tory and the be­gin­ning of IS’ end.” In a sim­i­lar state­ment, Ed­i­tor-In-Chief of Al-An­baa daily Yousef Al-Mar­zouq urged the peo­ple of Mo­sul to be pa­tient, call­ing on them to take part in the re­con­struc­tion process. — KUNA

MO­SUL: A Kuwaiti me­dia del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing chief ed­i­tors of a num­ber of Kuwait news­pa­pers and Kuwait Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (KJA) is seen near the de­stroyed lean­ing minaret of the his­toric Great Mosque of Al-Nuri dur­ing a visit to this Iraqi city after its re­cent lib­er­a­tion from the grip of the so-called Is­lamic State group. The Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion in­cludes Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Kuwait Times Abd Al-Rah­man Al-Alyan, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Edi­to­rial Af­fairs and Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Saad Al-Ali, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Al-An­baa Yousef Al-Mar­zouq, KJA Trus­tee Ad­nan Al-Rashed and KUNA re­porter in Kur­dis­tan Mukhlis Khish­naw. — KUNA (See Page 2)

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