How to Rebuild a War-torn Middle Eastern City? Start with the Souk

A combination of agencies, charities, and business owners have been working toward the goal of rebuilding Syrian cities by focusing on souks, or markets, dating back centuries. Bringing the souks back to life was a relatively easy reconstruction project, free of legal complications, and vital to the communities' return to normalcy. Sticklers for historical accuracy argue that the original medieval architecture of the souks is impossible to recreate, therefore rendering it "totally fake," but those who are more concerned with repatriating refugees and rebuilding war-town Syria disagree.

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