Syria’s Qamishli: longing for peace during Ramadan


Qamishli city, northeast Syria. File photo

ARA News

Qamishlo, Syria For three years and a half, Syria crisis overshadowed livelihood conditions all over the country.

The Syrian northeastern city of Qamishli, where the regime forces and the Kurds share power, people seem to have received Islamic month of Ramadan with much less enthusiasm than the pre-crisis era.

“Ramadan now is totally different comparing to past years; prices are high and people suffer constant power cut under this hot weather,” said Mohamad Ahmad, one of Qamishli’s residents, adding that fasting ritual saw a decrease among people this year.  

“I hope things will be better for our people and country during this holy month (Ramadan),” Ahmad added.

Wi’am Omar, also from Qamishli, talked to ARA News about the difficult situations of poverty and high costs of living that prevented people from giving alms or even fasting.

“I pray for peace to prevail thus we have coexistence enhanced again,” continued Wi’am.

Talking to ARA News, Amin, a shop owner in the city, said that merchants realize people’s bad situations so they do not raise prices during Ramadan; rather they make discounts for poor and displaced people.

“We are not responsible for prices change anyways,” Amin said.

Mullah Ibrahim, imam of a mosque in Qamishli, told ARA News in a comment on the current situation: “Some people do not fast excusing with hot weather. Fasting is a divine precept and only weak people try to find justifications for not fasting. Islam made it clear that only sick people or travelers are allowed not to fast.”

“We hope situations will stabilize in Syria to regain our life and enjoy security and freedom,” said Mohamad Shukri, a resident of Qamishli.


Reporting by: Rodi Ahmad

Source: ARA News

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