Syrian artist Moaffak Makhoul poses near his decorated wall after it won the Guinness World Records award for the largest mural made from recycled material, on March 31, 2014 in Damascus's al-Mazzeh neighborhood. (AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA)
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A Syrian artist has set a Guinness record for the world's largest mural made of recycled materials, aiming to inspire hope and creativity in his war-ravaged country.Guinness World Records announced on its Facebook page that Moaffak Makhoul and his team completed the mural in Damascus in January, two months shy of the third anniversary of the grim conflict in Syria. Souheil Amayri, a professor who helped, said the aim was to help revive hope in Syria, where the war has killed around 146,000 people and forced millions to flee.
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