Ramadan breeds dread in crisis-hit Iraq

Faced with sharp price rises, a decline in the buying power of the dinar and rising unemployment, Iraqis enter the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan with a feeling of dread. “After a whole day of fasting, we have to eat something,” even if the price of a kilo of tomatoes has more than doubled, said Umm Hussein, a single mother of five who has no salary. She struggles each month to raise the $45 rent for their modest home. Like 16 million of Iraq’s 40-million population living under the poverty line, Umm Hussein relies on her ration card for food. Under the legacy from the 1990s when Iraq’s Sadda…

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