What place would books have in a city that knows the language of bullets and bombs? It would not be extraordinary to imagine that in a surrounding where explosions rule the roost, few people would have access to books and perhaps fewer who would want to save books even at the cost of their lives.
But in the year 2013, an assembly of dedicated readers from Daraya, which is located about five miles southwest of Damascus, saved several hundred books by collecting them from ruined homes. They often wrapped these books in blankets in an almost same manner as as victims of the war raging around them would be taken care of.
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Amjad, the self-appointed chief librarian of Daraya’s secret library.Credit: Local Council of Daraya City