Many families in East Ghouta and other settlement areas struggle to obtain vital records due to the displacement of a spouse, loss of original documents or refusal by Damascus to recognize opposition records.
Refugees in Lebanon who signed up to return to Syria as part of a first batch of 1,600 families say economic hardship and a lack of a future in Lebanon informed their decision.
Damascus is reducing the gap between the official dollar exchange rate, which lags behind the widely used black market rate. The latter is the lodestar for Syrian traders, as it reflects the real value of the Syrian pound.
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.
High feed prices leave Damascus-area livestock farmers struggling to feed their flocks or selling ‘at a loss’
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.
Syrians in exile respond to travel vloggers touring Syria: ‘They are just some kids playing in the blood of Syrians’
Refugees who cannot return to Syria react to travel vloggers who claim to be apolitical and portray Syria as safe.
Damascus says 700,000 people have visited Syria so far in 2022, including YouTubers and content creators whose travel videos portray a vision of “normal life” at odds with hardship and danger on the ground.
Following the cancellation of the latest session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee after Russia objected to it being held in Geneva, the future of the body is uncertain. Could Moscow push for another path, outside the UN?
For Syrians–including highly educated professionals—fleeing conscription, countries such as Somalia, Libya and Iraq are havens.
For Christians in and around Damascus, rising funeral and burial costs are an increasing challenge amid Syria’s unprecedented economic crisis.