Syria war: Last puppeteer of Damascus is given lifeline
Profile of Shadi al-Hallaq, the only shadow puppeteer left in Damascus. Syria has a long and rich history of shadow puppetry but modern technology and seven years of war has seen the art form suffer from serious decline, the UN's cultural body has warned. The ancient form of storytelling has now been added to Unesco's list of cultural activities in urgent need of saving, giving international recognition to this art form. Article includes photographs of the puppeteer and his puppets in performance.