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Syrian Craftsmen Struggle to Survive

AMMAN // 06.10.16 // THE NATIONAL

Amin Halaf has lived in the same neighbourhood since he was a child. Al-Muhajireen clings to the side of Mount Qasioun, overlooking both old and new Damascus from the west.

For 30 years, Amin, 53, has produced and sold a variety of Syria’s treasured traditional handicrafts, including the country’s renowned with mother of pearl- inlaid furniture and ornate lanterns. Foreigners from far and wide came to buy his wares from his shop on Bab Sharqi Street (which translates as "Straight Street) in Damascus, a street so ancient that it appears in the Bible, in Acts, the fifth book of New Testament.

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[Photo: Amin Halaf]