Fact Check: Photo Of Iraqi Poet Crying As He Saw Artefacts In British Museum, Stolen From Iraq

Madhurima Dey

November 11th, 2019 / 5:07 PM

Image Credit: Anne Philips/Facebook

A photo with the claim that Iraqi archaeologist Dr Abdallah and Iraqi poet Amal Aljabouri are crying in front of the British Museum as they saw Iraqi artefacts in a Museum, stolen by the British from Iraq in 2003 is going viral on social media and internet.

British foreign policy – destroy a country that poses no threat to you whatsoever, then steal its ancient artefacts.

Anne Phillips ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಸೋಮವಾರ, ನವೆಂಬರ್ 5, 2018

British foreign policy – destroy a country that poses no threat to you whatsoever, then steal it's ancient artefacts…

Radio Free Palestine ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ನವೆಂಬರ್ 9, 2018

Google search shows the virality of the post


Fact Check

The Logical Indian reverse searched the image and found that the photo is actually of a common Iraqi man breaking into tears after Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad re-opened the Assyrian Gallery to display the Nimrud antiquities.

Original Photo on Reuters Website | Source: Reuters

According to Reuters, the photo was taken on 3rd July 2003 by Radu Sigheti during the brief reopening of Baghdad museum which displayed the ancient Nimrud treasures. The Nimrud treasures and artefacts date back to 900 BC and they consist of precious gold and valuable stones.

Also Read: Fact Check: Is Pakistan Flag Really Painted On The Top Of Kartarpur Gurudwara


Written by : Madhurima Dey (Intern)

Edited by : Bharat Nayak

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