Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Somalia's Heritage Institute Launches Initiative to Re-Build National Library

An initiative to re-build Somalia's National Library was launched in Mogadishu Thursday (December 19th) by the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies.

Rebuilding the heavily damaged building is expected to be finished in six months and will cost $1 million, the BBC reported. The money will come from the Somali government, as well as donations from local businesses and civil society organisations.

"The building should restore Somalia's history for future generations," said National Library Project Director Zainab Hassan.

The library restoration will make books available to thousands of Mogadishu residents who currently do not have access to them, she said.

The library has already received 22,000 books from the Unites States and around 60,000 are expected to come from Arab nations.

Internally displaced persons taking shelter in the building were recently evicted so that construction can begin, Somali Current reported.

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