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Aramaic 'an endangered language'

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The common language in the time of Jesus, Aramaic, is now so endangered the written version has become practically extinct.

Now the only place left in the world where it has remained virtually unchanged since biblical times is losing its Aramaic speakers, as people leave to find work elsewhere.

Natalia Antelava reports from Maaloula in Syria.

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