>> In a tiny workshop in Northern Iraq, one local teenager chisels at clay, recreating history destroyed by Islamic State. Iraqi Ninos Thabet is producing miniature replicas of statues from the 3,000 year old Syrian city of Nimrud, overrun and ransacked by the militant group.>> Islamic State has destroyed countless artifacts across Iraq and Syria over the last couple of years, saying that they aren't Islamic.
As Iraqi forces fight to retake the city of Mosul just 50 miles from here, this artist is doing his best to recreate them.>> The 18 year old Christian studied art at Mosul University, now the front line in the fight against Islamic State. He was also forced to flee his home when it was overrun by the militants.
> It was difficult seeing such a setback to our culture and history, for our antiques to be destroyed by terrorists who have no religion.
>> This video footage emerged last year. It shows Islamic State fighters bulldozing, drilling, and blowing up murals and statues at Nimrud, just south of Mosul. Thabet hopes his work will send a message of hope to the world. Since leaving his home, he's created more than 50 statues and figures.
Some of which have been displayed in exhibits and museums so others can enjoy what the militants destroyed.