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An Unusual Collection - 18 Feb 2015
On a side street of Aleppo’s al-Shaar neighbourhood is an unexpected sight in the war-torn city. The road is lined with classic cars, a collection belonging to Mohamed Badr al-Din.

The 66-year-old enthusiast, nicknamed Abu Omar, inherited his large collection from his father. Some of the cars belonged to former Syrian officials and in more peaceful times were used in movies and television shows.
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din removes a cover from one of his cars that he says belonged to former Syrian President...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din removes a cover from one of his cars that he says belonged to former Syrian President...
Mohamed Badr al-Din removes a cover from one of his cars that he says belonged to former Syrian President Adib Shishakli, along a street where he keeps the cars, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling.
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January 31, 2015
Children run from a turkey owned by Mohamed Badr al-Din that guards his collection of vintage cars from...
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Children run from a turkey owned by Mohamed Badr al-Din that guards his collection of vintage cars from...
Children run from a turkey owned by Mohamed Badr al-Din that guards his collection of vintage cars from passerbys, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars as he holds up a photo of a car used to...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars as he holds up a photo of a car used to...
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars as he holds up a photo of a car used to transport presidents and officials during ceremonies, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling.
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din opens the trunk of one of his vintage cars along a street where they are kept, in...
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Mohamed Badr al-Din opens the trunk of one of his vintage cars along a street where they are kept, in...
Mohamed Badr al-Din opens the trunk of one of his vintage cars along a street where they are kept, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT SOCIETY)
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars, along a street where he keeps the cars,...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars, along a street where he keeps the cars,...
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars, along a street where he keeps the cars, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY TRANSPORT)
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands next to his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands next to his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar...
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands next to his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the...
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the...
Mohamed Badr al-Din (R) stands in front of his vintage cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars, along a street where he keeps the cars,...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars, along a street where he keeps the cars,...
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his vintage cars, along a street where he keeps the cars, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT SOCIETY)
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din walks past his turkey that guards his collection of vintage cars from pedestrians,...
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Mohamed Badr al-Din walks past his turkey that guards his collection of vintage cars from pedestrians,...
Mohamed Badr al-Din walks past his turkey that guards his collection of vintage cars from pedestrians, along a street where he keeps the cars, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by the turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ANIMALS)
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January 31, 2015
Vintage cars that belong to Mohamed Badr al-Din are seen along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar...
Aleppo, Syria
Vintage cars that belong to Mohamed Badr al-Din are seen along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar...
Vintage cars that belong to Mohamed Badr al-Din are seen along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling.
REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY TRANSPORT)
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January 31, 2015
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar...
Aleppo, Syria
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar...
Mohamed Badr al-Din stands in front of one of his cars along a street where he keeps them, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling.
REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT SOCIETY)
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