Amid ongoing difficult living conditions in Idlib | Shops of second-hand clothes proliferate • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Amid ongoing difficult living conditions in Idlib | Shops of second-hand clothes proliferate

Population in Idlib rural and urban regions have been starting to buy winter clothes amid lowering temperature and ahead of severe coldness season.

Shops look like a beehive of people, but prices of the winter clothes have been on a considerable rise which made large proportion of the Syrians especially the displaced ones reluctant to buy the new clothes and tended more to the used wear as alternatives.

Idlib markets have seen, in the past days, dramatic rise in the ready-to-wear cloths especially the winter prices for several reasons such as decline of the Turkish Lira against the US dollar (one dollar equal ten TL), hiking prices of fuel, imposition of much taxes by Hay’atTahrir al-Sham on the trade movement in general along with the group’s administer of the crossings border in areas under its control.

On the other hand, shops for selling second-hand clothes see largecrowds of the people. Dozens of those shops are distributed in most of north Idlib countryside’s towns, especially nearby the  makeshift camps in Deir Hassan, al-Danah, Sarmada and KafrLuceen towns that became destination for most of the displaced families for purchasing their essentials of men, women and children clothes.

Also, those shops sell different types of clothes in terms of quality and sources of manufacturing, most of them are European products, as categorized by the shops owners, which have been imported in large quantities via the crossing borders with Turkey.

A young man known by his initials as “M.S.”, who was displaced from west Hama countryside in Deir Hassan neighborhood in north Idlib countryside, told SOHR that he used, every year with the coming of winter, to buy several pieces of clothes for his family including wife and children.

However, the case was different this year for “M.S.” who couldn’t afford buying new clothes for his three kids, explaining that each child costs him nearly 200 TL because women and men outfit are getting more expensive.

He added that to save the expensive costs of the new clothes, “M.S.” decided to buy second-hand pieces, adding that even the men used clothes are also not cheap.“The price of a good-brand jacket could range from 20 to 100 TL,” he said.

He preferred to buy clothes for all his family members with average prices.

“M.S.” pointed out that the second-hand products’ shops also sell shoes, bags and other commodities which helped many persons in Idlib regions to secure their needs in relatively suitable costs and to escape the high prices that exceed the abilities of large segment of the people, the displaced in particular.

Meanwhile, “A.M.” a shop owner of used clothes in KafrLuceen region in north Idlib countryside said that sales of the second-hand clothes have been flourishing in the past few years in Idlib. He added, those shops have become a source of income of merchants because less-priced clothes are appealable to most of the people.

He added those clothes are pumped in the markets with large quantities and then sorted and displayed by the shops owners. The imported second-hand clothes include the semi-new ones that are sold with higher prices while children small pieces are cheaper.

“A.M.” reiterated that even the low-priced European second-hand clothes that are exported in US dollarsand resold with Turkish Lira have become source of complain by the people.

The fluctuating rate of the Turkish Lira compared to the US dollars, especially this year, has raised the prices of the used clothes, he added.

It is worth noting that families in Idlib regions are shouldering more burdens amid lowering temperature and looming of the winter, because they have to secure their needs of heating requirement, winter clothes and provisions amid deteriorating living and financial conditions and reluctance of the humanitarian organizations to improve the displaced people conditions and the negative impacts of the Turkish Lira exchange. 

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