Nearly 13 years after the revolution, Syrians continue to flee the country—this time for economic reasons. In regime-held Hama city, financial hardship is driving a renewed wave of migration, as residents sell homes and property to fund a way out.
Op-Ed: In Decree 3 of 2023, earthquake victims neglected and housing, land and property rights bypassed
Damascus’ Decree 3 of 2023 provides tax exemptions and loans for those whose property was damaged or destroyed by the February 6 earthquake, but does not take into account displaced property owners and rights-holders or areas outside regime control, writes lawyer Manhal Alkhaled.
Since 2020, the Damascus government has held public auctions for land owned by displaced people. In Hama, a recent move to prioritize relatives in investment auctions threatens to foment family conflicts and further tear Syria’s social fabric.
In Hama, some shops are offering installment plans of up to six months for struggling Syrians to buy new clothing for Eid.
In Idlib’s most dangerous corner, a young nature photographer documents the forgotten aspects of everyday life, clinging to the beauty of Syria’s green province.