Syria Insight: Bread queues and hunger in Assad's Syria

In Assad’s Syria, bread queues and food shortages have become a daily reality, adding to the fears and frustrations of life in a police state. After the brutal suppression of protests in 2011, Syrians know that any loud grumbles could lead to arrest and so the hardships and humiliations continue. The collapse of the lira has seen prices of staple goods skyrocket with fights breaking out at petrol station queues, where frustrations always run high. One year ago, Syrians spoke of hitting rock bottom; now they are resigning themselves to things getting much worse. In 2011, a litre of vegetable oi…

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