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The owners of traditional handicrafts groan under the weight of bankruptcy in Madaba

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(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Owners of traditional handicrafts shops in the city of Madaba say they are suffering under the weight of bankruptcy due to the economic situation and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the closure of many businesses indefinitely. اضافة اعلان

COVID-19 restrictions have caused these businesses to suffer from large losses, which has led to debt and a significant deterioration in owners' living conditions, according to their description. 

They are calling on the government to not turn a blind eye to their sector and to protect their profession from extinction. They have asked for more regulations to be implemented to advance the sector, and for a halt to tourist offices' control over foreign tourists' visiting times.

Dozens of Madaba residents practice various handicrafts, which are an important aspect of the tourism sector in one of Jordan's oldest cities, but the sector is witnessing a lack of interest at the moment, according to plastic artist Hussein Al-Faouri.