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The pop-up crafts shop helping war-torn communities

A small shop selling work from Afghanistan and elsewhere is helping people from conflict zones make a living

From a small corner window display on London’s Baker Street, Edmund le Brun and Flore de Taisne are trying to help the victims of war. Their pop-up shop, Ishkar, which is also online, sells crafts from conflict zones. Among the items on display are gorgeous hand-blown glasses in green, lapis lazuli blue and turquoise, intricate kilim rugs, fine-woven camel hair shawls, earrings and necklaces and knives.

Afghanistan has been at war for the past 40 years, so there are zero tourists, and no local market

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