Looming disaster | Dire living conditions and inflation in regime-held areas force Syrians to sell their properties
SOHR warns against the repercussions of this worrying phenomenon
The maximum monthly wage of a worker in regime-held areas reaches 300,000 SYL, equivalent to 85 USD, while the maximum monthly salary of an employee in regime’s governmental departments reaches 230,000 SYL, equivalent to 65 USD. However, the minimum expenses of a medium-class family of five exceed one million SYL every month, equivalent to 285 USD. Accordingly, most of the families who have no other sources of income have incurred debts.
On the other hand, the Syrian regime continues mishandling the chronic crises in areas under its control, such as the sever economic hardship and disastrous living conditions, especially with the beginning of winter, justifying the deteriorating situation by the sanctions imposed on the regime under “Caesar Act”, describing such procedures as a “global conspiracy on Syria”.
In this context, SOHR activists have monitored increase of selling private properties by civilians in regime-held areas in order to be able to secure their essential needs. Syrian civilians started to sell their properties a few months after the beginning of the Syrian revolution and the start of conflicts, military battles and crises, exactly after 2012. However, the selling of such properties has alarmingly increased in the recent time, especially in areas which have experienced military operations.
According to SOHR sources, most of these properties are sold to people living abroad for years. On the other hand, the money which the families got by selling their properties could secure basic essentials to these families for no more one year, especially since most of these families had already incurred debts. In addition, these families have been plagued with unaffordable and prohibitively high prices of essential products, including food, water, medicine and heating allowances and subsidies.
We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, warn against the worrying phenomenon of civilians selling of their own properties in regime-held areas with the Syrian regime clinging only to power, disregarding the sufferings of the Syrian people. We also renew our appeal to the international community not to abandon their responsibility and obligations to finding a lasting solution to the tragedy of millions of Syrians.
Yesterday, Observatory sources reported disruption of educational and schooling in Hama countryside, Homs and some areas in Rif Dimashq in light of the increasing stifling public transportation crisis due to the lack of public means of transportation and high fees of private taxis along with fuel crisis across regime-held areas.
SOHR activists reported that teachers were unable to go to the schools due to the absence of transportation, especially those living far from their schools or in city centers, and vice versa.
Over the reduction of the provision of subsidized diesel allocations by the government of the regime, public transportation drivers refused to transport teachers from Silmiyah city to the villages of al-Ayyur, Danin, Te al-dahab, Tamak, Halban, Danibah, Taybah al-Turkey, and al-Bardounah in the northern countryside of Silmiyah city. Therefore, these areas experienced almost complete disruption of the educational process.
Moreover, schools in the villages and towns in Homs countryside and Damascus were experiencing a similar situation of the absence of teachers due to the lack of public transport. However, the deterioration of living crises in regime-held areas was met with inaction by the regime government.