[Hyperallergic have published my analysis of the evidence for the destruction of the Victory Convent of the Chaldean Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Mosul, Iraq, on the 24th of November. Sadly, it looks like it happened.]
I started reinvestigating the evidence for the destruction of the Chaldean Catholic nunnery in Mosul when Gilgamesh Nabeel shared an Iraqi community group’s video in a Facebook group for Endangered Heritage Sites in Iraq.
While I was trying to distinguish between the potential sites, some of which had a bewildering number of names (and even supposed locations), ARCA CEO Lynda Albertson found an exclusive photo report for Ankawa by Younis Thanon.
If the video and photo capture the same site, the video was filmed diagonally right from the site in one direction while, considering the way the buildings obscure the site and the telegraph pole in the photo, the photo was taken from the other side.
Yet, if the photo was taken from the other side, surely the features of the symmetrically built nunnery cupola should be in the same place on the other side. (There are other possible inconsistencies – the greater number of aerials and telegraph wires in the photo, for example – but they might be explained by the angle and distance of the shot.)
Has the video or photo been published horizontally flipped, or are they the very similar cupolas of two different buildings?