Continuing in the series of various villages in the Jabal al-Summaq area of north Idlib countryside, we turn to the village of Kafr Maris. On 4 December 2019, I conducted an interview with a person residing in the village regarding the current situation there.
Q: How is the services and humanitarian situation generally?
A: By God brother the humanitarian situation is bad, in light of these circumstances and the expensive prices and the inflation in the price of the exchange of the dollar, and the monstrous expensiveness in the price of the fuels.
Q: How many hours is the electricity operated for currently?
A: The electricity is one hour, with the price of 2500 Syrian pounds per ampere.
Q: So the hours of operation have been reduced?
A: Of course. It used to be four hours. Not just in Kafr Maris, in all of the area, because the mazout: one litre is at 800 Syrian pounds and is not present.
Q: And the water for the village of Kafr Maris comes from where?
A: By God in the tankers: the price of 15 barrels is at 9500 Syrian pounds.
Q: And before what was the price of 15 barrels?
A: It was at 4500 Syrian pounds.
Q: So it has increased because of the increase of the price of the dollar?
A: Of course, and the expensiveness of the fuels. The world is burning old and worn shoes for heating.
Q: Has the price of bread increased as well?
A: Of course it has increased 100 Syrian pounds.
Q: So before the price of the bundle was 200 Syrian pounds and now it has become 300?
A: It was at 150 Syrian pounds at a weight of 1200 g supported by the Goal aid organization/
Q: And the bread comes from which village?
A: From the town of Kafr Takharim.
Q: Are there any projects from the local council in the village of Kafr Maris recently?
A: My sir our council is very poor, and there is no project except for garbage and relief support. When there is a fault with the tractor frankly we borrow money to repair it.
Q: And there are no aid organizations cooperating with the council except the Goal organization?
A: The areas are divided upon the organizations generally, except in emergency cases it is possible we summon another organization.