Samir Bakdash
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'We have to work, we have to open every day'

Samir Bakdash, a father-of-three, is the third generation of his family to run a popular ice-cream business based in the busy Damascus souk.

Founded in 1895 by his grandfather in what was the family home, the business has since expanded across the Middle East, with shops in the UAE, Jordan and Lebanon.

Samir describes the challenges the family faces in keeping the shop going amid widespread fighting in the city and across Syria.

  • 11 Jun 2013