Meet the lonely online warriors leading the fight against looted art
by Daniel Rivero | November 24, 2015 1:23 p.m.
“Why, when we’ve seen people burnt alive, murdered in ways that you wouldn’t butcher an animal, does this resonate so much?” an Iraqi-American scholar told Boston Globe correspondent Thanassis Cambanis earlier this year, choking through words while speaking about how ISIS members destroyed ancient statues in the Mosul Museum of Iraq.
“I can’t explain it,” he said.
In the same piece, Cambanis described the event as the moment that made a Lebanese colleague of his — who has seen and reported on countless unspeakable things in the region — crack. “That’s it, it’s gone. When they’re done, all our culture will be gone,” she said to him, through tears. “If I want to see the great history of my region, I’ll have to visit a museum in London.”