Pesha Magid is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul who writes about refugees, gender, and politics in Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq. (March 2018)

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Rebuilding Mosul, Book by Book

Mosul residents meeting at the Book Forum café, January 6, 2018

Fahad couldn’t stop ISIS burning books and libraries, but he dreamed that once the war ended, he could do something to bring books back to his city. Through them, he dreamed of creating a place where people could discover and share ideas that would change Mosul’s future. Today, that dream has become a reality. Down the road from Mosul University on Majmou’a Street, in a busy East Mosul shopping district, is the Book Forum. Part library, part café, it is a space where people can sit and share coffee and conversation at communal tables, or curl up alone with a book.