Exchanging money in Aleppo, Syria

Finally a byline not from my day job. Wrote this for The New Arab in London with my colleague Zouhir Al Shimale in Aleppo. He spoke to currency exchangers and I spoke to Western Union and we came up with this on what it’s like to exchange Syrian pounds, US dollars etc in one of the world’s most violent cities. It was tough getting interviews for this one, perhaps because it involves financial information, some of it personal. But it was interesting learning how this everyday practice goes down in Syria:

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2016/7/3/syrian-currency-traders-brave-bombs-in-rebel-held-aleppo

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