What hope is there for Syria? Clues can be found in the story of
the Syrian cloth merchant Abu Chaker and his success against the
odds. Barely literate, and supporting his mother and sisters from
the age of ten, Abu Chaker built up a business empire--despite
twice losing everything he had. Diana Darke follows his tumultuous
journey, from instability in Syria and civil war in Lebanon, to his
arrival in England in the 1970s, where he rescued a failing
Yorkshire textile mill, Hield Bros, and transformed it into a
global brand. The Merchant of Syria tells two parallel stories: the
life of a cloth merchant and his resilience, and the rich history
of a nation built on trade. Over millennia Syria has seen great
conflict and turmoil, but like the remarkable story of Abu Chaker,
it continues to survive.
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