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Heritage craftsmen working overtime to restore lost Beirut beauty [Video]

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BEIRUT, LEBANONSEPTEMBER 17, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV

1. Close-up Lebanese artist Maya Husseini working to rebuild a blast-damaged stained-glass window at her studio on the outskirts of Beirut2. Mid shot Lebanese artist Maya Husseini working to rebuild a blast-damaged stained-glass window at her studio on the outskirts of Beirut

3. SOUNDBITE 1 – Maya Husseini, stained glass artist (female, 60 years old, Arabic, 16 sec): “I did a quick tour and started looking around. You try to hold yourself together and stay strong. I arrived at the Saint Louis Cathedral of the Capuchin Fathers. Here I was really affected. Two years of my work, two years working on those details. The cathedral is one of the oldest monuments in Beirut… it’s lost history.”

4. Close-up Maya Husseini working to rebuild a blast-damaged stained-glass window at her studio on the outskirts of Beirut5. Mid shot Maya Husseini looking at sheets of stained

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Lebanese artists in overdrive to restore Beirut’s beauty

Lebanese stained glass artist Maya Husseini had hoped to retire after decades spent designing colourful windows, but she has been flooded with work since the blast that ripped through Beirut.

“I can’t possibly not try to restore what is gone,” said the 60-year-old woman, her bright red curly hair in a short bob.

The massive explosion at the capital’s port on August 4 killed more than 190 people and wounded thousands more as it sent lethal shockwaves pummelling through the city.

But it also ravaged dozens of Beirut’s most cherished heritage buildings.

Husseini is one of several artists slowly starting to restore artworks devastated in the disaster.

In her basement workshop on the outskirts of Beirut, she gestured at what remained of windows of a 19th-century church she had restored after the 1975-1990 civil war.

A gaping mess of mangled metal, dotted by a few surviving pieces of orange and

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