Syria’s last traditional boat-makers keep ancient craft afloat

Arwād (Syria) (AFP) – Khaled Bahlawan hammers nails in a wooden boat he is building by hand, toiling in the scorching sun everyday to preserve an ancient Syrian craft his family is the last to master. The Bahlawan are the only manufacturers of traditional wooden boats on the Syrian coast, a Phoenician craft dating back thousands of years, now threatened by low demand in the age of technology.


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