Syria’s 22-month war, despite its dehumanizing effects, is teaching ordinary people to pull together and come up with innovative ways to survive without electricity or their daily bread.
“Buying bread or stepping out to collect water can be deadly,” said Abu Hisham, a young resident of Aleppo, the strife-torn country’s main northern city and one-time economic capital.
“People used to panic (last summer) when warplanes started to bomb Aleppo, but now they’re so used to it that almost nobody reacts,” he told AFP via Skype.
A student in Damascus before the conflict against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime erupted in March 2011, Abu Hisham fled to his hometown when he found out he was wanted by the intelligence services.
Abu Hisham became a citizen journalist, filming and uploading on the Internet from the city which has been devastated by six months of guerrilla warfare between rebel fighters and government forces.
“Before, during power cuts, everything would come to a halt. Now we celebrate if we have electricity even for just two hours,” he said, as residents come up with new ways to cope.
“The winter’s cold and there’s no fuel. Families are having to chop up their furniture for firewood,” Abu Hisham said.
The family of Umm Alaa, who is raising seven children in Aleppo, is among those suffering the most.
“Before, I could buy large quantities of food to last us for months, but now with no electricity, our fridge is of no use,” she said.
Umm Rami’s life is also hard, having had to survive with no electricity for the past six weeks. “I can’t use the iron or the fridge and I can’t use the television to see what’s happening,” said the 50-year-old mother.
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