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Syrians Heart and Soul Exile in Istanbul

John Wreford, now based in Istanbul, exiled from his home in Damascus tells as story of resilience.

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Sitting in an café in the Fatih district of Istanbul I file my pictures; a rare story this time of Syrians doing pretty well for themselves in exile, I enjoyed the same Syrian food I ate with my friends in Damascus, now all exiled themselves, Abo Nour was shoveling Ma’anish into the oven as fast as he could, from Shargour in the heart of the Damascus, a true Damascene anyone will tell you comes from the heart of Damascus and he was putting his heart and soul into baking the Ma’aish, the waiters were buzzing around bundling up the take away orders for the queue outside the shop, the café I am now sitting in is a reasonably upmarket patisserie and many of the customers are also Syrian, they made me smile while they stumbled with their Turkish, Syrians making an effort to look after themselves while their country is ripped apart…………….READ THE REST HERE 

 

 

http://www.johnwreford.com/

http://johnwreford.wordpress.com/

http://wreford.photoshelter.com/

http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnwreford

http://www.lightstalkers.org/johnwreford

http://www.juancole.com/2012/07/diary-from-damascus-john-wreford.html

 

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