Students in Damascus and other regime-controlled areas went back to school on Sunday. Rising costs of stationery and state-printed schoolbooks left parents and guardians with difficult choices amid the country’s unprecedented economic crisis.
Years of war in Syria have impacted the country’s livestock sector, and farmers are selling or losing their herds due to feed shortages and high prices. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this past February deepened the sector’s crisis.
With Syria’s economy in shambles, residents of regime-held areas are looking for a way out of the country and into a “decent life.” Long lines, high passport fees and limited destinations stand in their way.
In Damascus, as Syria’s economy spirals and the cost of living soars, some young people are downsizing their weddings, forgoing customs once thought unbreakable, or giving up on getting married altogether.