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From Syria, with sadness: souvenirs that cause heartbreak | Dreda Say Mitchell

My holiday mementos now prompt sympathy for countries with incredible sights and people suffering crises and war Holiday souvenirs are reminders of happy times, but when tragedy comes to the places we’ve visited they can become double-edged. In my front room is a large rug that I once haggled for over a cup of mint tea. What turns this particular carpet into a poignant memory is that I bought it, with other mementos, in the street market in Aleppo over a decade ago.
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