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Death Becoming a Luxury in Syria

Audio slideshow produced during an IWPR workshop for young Syrian journalists held in Beirut, February 2010.
By IWPR

As prices of real estate shoot up in Damascus, even graves are becoming more and more expensive. Many Syrians are buying their burial plots ahead of time outside Damascus or on the black market.

The price of a plot in Damascus can be 10,000 US dollars, or up to 3,300 dollars out of town, because the graveyards are full. Relatives are reselling plots five years after a burial and gravediggers have developed a sideline as middlemen between buyers and sellers.


This multimedia piece was produced during an IWPR workshop for young Syrian journalists held in Beirut, February 2010.

Trainer: Don Duncan
Editor: Raed Rafei
Project manager: Susanne Fischer

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