Although some items remain expensive for locals, many citizens in Raqqa have expressed their delight at the start of Ramadan.
With the arrival of the month of Ramadan, residents of the city of Raqqa have flocked to the markets to buy fruits, vegetables and other goods, despite an increase in some prices. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating food and drinking water from sun up until sun down. During iftar, the meal used to break the fast, Muslim families make many dishes and drinks to celebrate the holy month.
“The month of Ramadan has begun well and with blessings. The first meal we prepare is the soup and then the main dish,” said Um Deeb, a resident of the city of Raqqa. “There are many foods that we prepare, and we also prepare sweets.”
Store vendors in markets say that because of the high demand for the products, the prices of items have significantly increased.
“Of course, prices have slightly risen because demand is more than supply,” said Ibrahim, a dairy seller in one of Raqqa’s markets, as he recalls all of the products he sells at his store. “All this is available, and the price has risen because the demand is very high especially at the beginning of the month as people buy the needs of two or three days.”
This is the second Ramadan that the residents of the city of Raqqa are celebrating since the defeat of ISIS in October 2017. As a result, the city has seen much economic revival, with many citizens being able to buy the goods that they need despite the expensive price tags.
Since the liberation of the city, the Raqqa Civil Council and the residents of Raqqa, along with international organisations have attempted to rebuild and rehabilitate the city, so that it regains a sense of normalcy. While the effects of war are still visible through the damaged buildings and infrastructure, the citizen’s spirits prove that the residents of Raqqa will remain alive and defiant no matter what issues they face.