Feb
12

Historic tales unfolding in Syria

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Amid violence and paranoia, powerful scenes play out on both sides of the conflict in an increasingly polarized Damascus.

As the evening call to prayer sounded through the alleyways of old Damascus, the aging storyteller known as Abu Shadi clambered into an elevated chair at the Nawfara cafe, slipped on a pair of rimless reading glasses and turned to the page where he’d left off.

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