Dr Ali Esmaiel, Aga Khan Cultural Service Syria, 23 March 2022
From our series Culture, Conflict and Recovery in Asia
After years of conflict and violence, Aleppo lies in ruin. Humanitarian and development organisations struggle to deliver programmes to help those in need. High operational costs, insecurity, and the sheer scale of the recovery challenge hamper efforts to deliver aid. The Aga Khan Cultural Services (AKSC) in Syria is one of a small number of organisations able to operate in Aleppo. By restoring the city’s ancient network of souqs, the AKCS is providing employment to artisans, labourers and traders, and bringing life back into the heart of the old city.