The Syrians Determined To Keep Traditions Alive
In Damascus, locals try to maintain a veneer of normalcy in a country ravaged by war. In pockets of the old city, Syrians display a determination to keep old traditions alive -- young men belly-dance to the rhythmic sound of a tabla drum, a story teller tells a tale to a crowd of shisha smokers, families picnic under trees on the sidewalk. But such resilience has led some to confront the reality of what’s happened to Syria. Two million homes out of 4.7 million have been destroyed and the economy needs a huge $180 billion of investment over 10 years to return to its pre-war state. It’s going to be a long road back from destruction, but for now, some locals are determined to do what they can to calm nerves and leave their world of war behind them.
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