This winter differs from the previous one, with the scarcity of electricity, whose interruption hours in some areas of the capital, Damascus, exceed 20 hours per day, as a result of malfunctions and shortages in the quantities of fuel that cause power outages for the population.
A large percentage of Syrians depend on heaters that depend on diesel, and the matter has become difficult for a large segment of them, after the fantastic rise of the material and the price of one liter of it exceeding 4500 Syrian pounds (approximately a dollar and a half).
Therefore, many Syrian families, especially in the cities of Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Latakia, have dispensed with the use of heaters to cope with the cold after the high price of a liter of diesel fuel. Its price is 4 and a half million Syrian pounds, an amount that even the most affluent Syrian families are unable to allocate for heating.
During his speech to “Sky News Arabia”, Samir said that many families have devised alternative means to continue their lives despite the crises that befall them from the power outages that prevent them from using electric heaters, in addition to the high prices of fuel oil for heaters known as “Sobiyat”, which prompted them to use Cannon firewood as an alternative in the countryside and the difficulty of using it in the cities because of the smoke, which causes breathing problems.
Samir added: “Syrian society suffers from high unemployment and low wages. The monthly salaries of the working class in the private sector are less than 50 dollars per month, while the government employee’s salary does not exceed the ceiling of 35 dollars, which is not enough to buy a few liters of diesel.
He continued, warning that these conditions forced citizens to use traditional methods of heating, such as relying on firewood and wood shavings, which annually cause disasters that end in deaths due to fires in homes and cases of suffocation from fumes emitted by traditional heating.
The warmth of the poor carrier of the disease
Many Syrians come to the popular markets to buy their needs of second-hand European clothes, but the high prices seem to have kidnapped the poor’s hope for the warmth of clothes.
Um Zuhair says that she needs 100,000 Syrian pounds to buy four winter coats for her children from the bale stalls.
She added in her interview with “Sky News Arabia” that used clothes have also become a dream for the poor, after their prices jumped to fantastic amounts.
She said, “The price of a new jacket two years ago was 25,000 Syrian pounds, and this year it has increased tenfold. The price of a medium-quality winter coat has reached more than 200,000 Syrian pounds, and the used one has also doubled its price tenfold despite its poor quality.”
In light of the great turnout witnessed by the bale markets in most Syrian cities, due to the citizens’ lack of financial capabilities that prevent them from buying new clothes, the owners of new clothes shops warn of them, assuring “Sky News Arabia” that they are unsafe healthily and transmit disease, especially skin diseases because they are not Washed, not sterilized, and constitutes a breeding ground for viruses, but it meets the needs of the poor, and suits their purchasing power.
winter without supplies
With the deterioration of the economic conditions of the Syrian citizens due to the loss of their jobs, sources of income and work, which coincided with the high prices, living conditions and housing rents, and the devaluation of the value of the Syrian pound against the dollar, large segments of people were unable to prepare winter supplies and the Syrians abandoned their association with the traditions of their ancestors in preparing their winter supplies of supplies Food, and in its list “Makdous pantry” is the most popular dish that used to dominate Syrian tables.
Hadiya Sabri, a housewife from the city of Hasaka, said she had to give up preparing the makdous this year.
She added in her interview with “Sky News Arabia” that the cost of preparing the makdous varies according to the materials included in it, and its cost may rise to one million Syrian pounds.
She explained, “Due to the high prices and tight living conditions, housewives circumvent the circumstances by replacing olive oil with vegetable oils, and replacing walnuts with peanuts.