Abu Zakkour, dressed in yellow from head-to-toe is hailed as the part of the “heritage” of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, along with the medieval citadel and its ancient covered markets. This 70-year-old has strictly abided by a full monochrome look that supports only yellow apparel and accessories.
He is also eyeing entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, says the “Yellow Man”.
Young men and Women pester him for pictures and crowd gathered around him in Aleppo’s central Saadallah al-Jabiri square “I have worn yellow since 1983, All my things are yellow: my clothes, my mobile phone, my pillow, my watches, I really love its flair.”
He says that he has grown accustomed to the fanfare. It takes me more than four-hours to cross a nearly one-kilometre road because people stop him for Pictures.
The widower and father of three lives alone in a small apartment in the city.
Head to toe dressed in yellow, the eye-catching splash of yellow is everywhere. There are yellow shoes, chairs and tables to make for a sunny interior inside his house and his balcony is occupied by hanging yellow underwears.
He says, “I have a hundred items of clothing in yellow: pants, hats, shirts, glasses, and ties, opening the doors of his closet. “I struggled a lot to collect this fortune, and I don’t think anyone could have done what I did,” says the retiree who declines to give his full name.
At once eccentric and discreet, he refuses to reveal the reasons behind his fascination with the colour.
His “secret” will be divulged in his dying will according to him
His reputation has become such that a restaurant owner in the city erected a small statue of Abu Zakkour inside his establishment.
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