Syria's Small Factories Struggle to Survive

Many have closed or relocated outside the country
The remains of a factory on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria Photograph by Sana/Reuters

Syria’s civil war has claimed both of Saeed Nahhas’s businesses. In early 2013, government shells aimed at rebels destroyed a workshop manufacturing machines that produce packaging materials. Four months later rebels looted another that made plastic bags and zippers. Nahhas, by then living in Turkey, decided to set up a new packaging workshop there while waiting for the violence to end at home. “It’s a tragedy,” he says. “And the longer the conflict drags on, the harder it will be for people to return and set up their businesses again.”

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