Beyond the Headlines podcast: the cultural importance of Mosul

In this week's episode we discuss Iraq's rebuilding efforts and Afghanistan's child-mortality crisis

A view of the destroyed al-Nuri mosque in the old city of Mosul is seen on April 23, 2018.
The United Arab Emirates and Iraq launched a joint effort to reconstruct Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its iconic leaning minaret, ravaged last year during battles to retake the city from jihadists. During the ceremony at Baghdad's National Museum, UAE Culture Minister Noura al-Kaabi said her country would put forward $50.4 million (41.2 million euros) for the task. 
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Iraq needs $2 billion (Dh7.34bn) to revive its cultural heritage and renovate areas destroyed by ISIS. But the country says it does not have the capacity to rebuild without support from the international community.

How are the UAE and other foreign allies helping? Mina Aldroubi joins us from the Unesco conference in Paris to tell us.

And in war-torn Afghanistan, child violence is on the rise more than 15 years after the United States war began in the country. Preethi Nallu tells us about her first-hand experience of how dire the situation has become for Afghan children.

We discuss both stories in this week's Beyond the Headlines podcast. Listen here:

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