Visually-impaired Syrian aims for musical stardom

STORY: This visually impaired musician dreams of international stardom

Location: Damascus, Syria

Michel Hannoush was born with retinal detachment

He's had to adapt to his visual impairment after many unsuccessful surgeries

Michel started taking voice lessons and opera classes at the age of 4

He also plays the violin and has performed at numerous concerts in Damascus

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) (Michel Hannoush, Visually-impaired musician)

"I want to be a musician, singer and music player. I would love to become an international opera singer." / When I am about to go on stage and hear the applause of the audience, I laugh and feel happy. I feel happy that I am going to play in a concert. I feel happy going on stage and playing in front of a big audience."

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