Tour guide Ronnie Chatah, 36, reacts in front of an old heritage building in Beirut, Lebanon January 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
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Tour guide Ronnie Chatah, 36, is once again doing what he loves after a four-year hiatus – telling the stories that have shaped Beirut's history from ancient to modern times. Chatah put the walking tours on hold in late 2013 after the assassination of his father Mohammad Chatah, a diplomat and the former finance minister in Prime Minister Saad Hariri's cabinet between 2008 and 2009 . Standing outside what was once the Holiday Inn hotel, Chatah recounts how the building that once exemplified Beirut's Seventies glamour became an icon of the 1975-1990 Civil War only a few weeks after it opened.Chatah said he had been planning to resume the walks for just a couple of months, but now there are tours scheduled for the rest of the year.
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