The United States is giving $700,000 to rebuild Babylon


U.S. forces guarding city of Babylon, currently being rebuilt. (June 2009)

US Forces guarding city of Babylon, currently being rebuilt (June 2009)-

U.S., Iraqi experts developing plan to preserve Babylon, building local tourist industry Stars and Stripes June 28

The U.S. Department of State has given the fund about $700,000 for the project, called “The Future of Babylon,” Holly Evarts, the fund’s spokeswoman, said in a phone interview. The organization is seeking more funding from other sources, she said.

“Iraqi heritage belongs to all humanity,” Samir Sumaida’ie, Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S., said in a statement. “In the immense task of caring for its world heritage, Iraq welcomes help from and collaborations with the international preservation community.”

The ancient city, founded around the 18th century B.C., has sustained damage in recent years from Saddam Hussein’s efforts to make it a tourist attraction, from looting after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and from being used as a military base during the Iraq War.






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3 responses to “The United States is giving $700,000 to rebuild Babylon

  1. there are many tourists attractions to choose from, the only problem that we have is the money to spend to see most of them “”

  2. George Arnott

    To who could help me, My uncle has come across some real old letters and some financia info from henderson&Co regarding the late Francis D Bartow. The letter is romantic in nature and metions Clarence in it. I found thru the internet that clarence was the grandson of MR Bartow and may have married Holly Evarts. We live in the Orange Co (Warwick, NY area) and I can be contacted at 845 469-9482 if Holly is interested in copies of the papers. I would be happy to forward to the family if contacted.

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