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The high cost of Ramadan in Damascus

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 - 01:13

July 9 - Markets in Damascus prepare for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, as consumers and merchants face war time prices. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Food markets in Damascus prepare for the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The markets are active -- but it's not as busy as before the war. Both merchants and shoppers are feeling the sting of high prices. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN WOMAN, UM SAMIH, SAYING: "People are suffering from the high cost of living. I hear on the television that there are materials and goods but it's a question of having the money to buy anything." The U.N. said Friday that four million Syrians, about a fifth of the population, are unable to produce or buy enough food for their needs. They say it will get worse as the war goes on. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHOP OWNER, HAYTHAM AL-HARETH, SAYING: "What can I say? May god help us and help them. We are all consumers. The situation we are going through is the reason for the high prices. Once the security situation is solved, everything will be fine." The new head of Syria's opposition said he was prepared to offer a truce during the Muslim holy month. So far no indication that the government would accept such a truce.

The high cost of Ramadan in Damascus

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 - 01:13

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