Despite the regional political and military tension, local residents in Idlib are making the most of what they have this Ramadan.
In many cities and villages in Syria’s Idlib Province, the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan marks a time for community building and bonding. According to locals, this is the case in the city of al-Dana in the northern countryside of Idlib. Despite the escalation of tensions throughout the province, the residents of al-Dana have continued to decorate their city in celebration of the arrival of Ramadan.
“As you can see, the atmosphere reflects the month of Ramadan, and there are many cars and people because the residents of nearby villages come to the city of al-Dana since it connects many several villages,” said Abu Hamdo, an IDP from Homs currently residing in al-Dana.
IDPs from all around the country have come to the city of al-Dana, which is known for its cuisine, to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.
“The atmosphere in the city of al-Dana is excellent,” said Abu Ali, an IDP from Aleppo. “The [Ramadan] dishes here in al-Dana are famous, and people want to eat them.”
While the situation in many parts of Idlib is tense following the continued airstrikes and shelling that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is carrying out, particularly in the southern parts of the province, the northern countryside of Idlib is remaining relatively calm.
However, the citizens are complaining from the rise in prices that took place during the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
“The situation is good, things are still fine here, and everything is available,” said Abu Mohammed, a resident of al-Dana. “Prices are still acceptable. However, the price of some goods has risen during the month of Ramadan due to high demand.”
While this problem is not limited to Idlib Province alone, the citizens of Idlib say that the Syrian Regime has imposed taxes on the food items that enter the province, in order to force citizens to rebel against the opposition groups that are currently controlling the city.
With the Syrian conflict entering its 8th year and two months, the residents of Idlib hope that this Ramadan will bring them peace and stability, despite the escalating tensions in their province.