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about Mohammad Mohiedine Anis

Mohammad Mohiedine Anis’s passion is vintage cars, an interest he inherited from his father. He drove a 1950 Pontiac, which Mohammad still owns today. 70 years old, he lives in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, and just like he didn’t want to leave his collection of 30 vehicles — now reduced to 20 —, he stayed in the city through years of war and months of intense aerial bombardment.

However, in the final months of the siege of eastern Aleppo last year, the bombardment was so dangerous that Mohammad decided to leave his home — and his car collection.

When he returned this year, he found his house in ruins. “When I got back and saw what was left of my home, I was in shock,” he said. The only thing he felt to do was to comfort himself by listening to Syrian singer Mohamed Dia al-Din on his record player. He insists he will leave his collection to his eight children, in the hope that their life will be carefree like his.

“I have had a very happy past but things have changed,” he said. “Now life is hard, but we mustn’t lose hope.

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Joseph Eid

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