When Syrian war refugee Abu Muamen got an offer from a friend to relocate to Istanbul’s “little Damascus,” where Arabic is spoken more than Turkish, he jumped at the chance to start over.

Today the former travel agent serves other refugees street food in the style of the Syrian capital, Damascus — shawarma, falafel and roasted eggplant dips — thanks to a Turkish program launched on Jan. 15 that provides Syrians work permits.

“The people here have escaped tragedy and many difficulties in order to live,” Abu Muamen said.

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