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In A Punishing War, Bread Is Now A Barometer Of The Suffering In Syria

Revelation 6:6a, “Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, ‘Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages …”

By Lyse Doucet, BBC News – “In a punishing war, bread is now a barometer of Syrians’ suffering. Even their most basic food has become hard to find, even harder to afford.

In the past two years of a worsening crisis, bread prices have risen by 500% in some areas, according to a new survey obtained by the BBC from the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Four out of five Syrians say their greatest worry is that food will run out.

‘These findings show us that starvation is now threatening large parts of the Syrian population,’ warns IRC President David Miliband.

In many embattled cities and towns, shortage of fuel, flour and electricity means bakeries and bread can be almost impossible to find.

And in parts of rural Damascus besieged by government forces and in areas in the north cut off by rebel fighters, bread is a symbol of hardship.

‘We haven’t eaten a piece of bread in nine months,’ was the anguished cry of many Syrians we met as they fled the southern Damascus suburb of Moadamiya during a partial evacuation in late October.

Eating less
At government-run bakeries, the price of bread has not changed in 20 years. A traditional flat round piece still only costs two Syrian pounds (£0.01; $0.02).

On a bitterly cold winter’s day, Syrians bang their fists on the metal doors of a large bakery in central Damascus, shouting for more bread to be brought out. Syrians of all ages rush by with towering stacks of warm flat loaves.

‘We count on this bread for all our meals,’ one man told me as he clutched bags, three kilos full, to feed his own family, as well as some friends.

‘In private bakeries we would have to pay 10 times more,’ another man chimes in.

A few streets away, at a crowded distribution site for the World Food programme, country director Matthew Hollingworth observes that ‘people are eating less, eating less often, and the quality of food is also less’.

‘Cereal production is down by 40%,’ he points out, ‘and the imports are not there to cover the gap.'” Read more.

Unsealed: A Closer Look At Revelation 6 And ‘The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse’ – “Because of ‘Sharia lawlessness’ the ‘Religion of Peace’ is typified by widespread destruction and disparity, and any number of recent headlines bear this out all too well… In Mali, 4.6 million people are threatened with starvation following Islamist advances in the north. Starvation threatens more than 7 million citizens in Afghanistan as over 90% of the country’s agriculture is destroyed by drought. In Somalia, Islamist militants deprive 1.3 million people of food, clean water and health care after banning humanitarian aid… Nigeria faces famine because most of the farmers in the north are threatened by Islamist attacks seeking to impose Sharia Law upon all. As Islamists engage in an all-out war to oust Bashar Al-Assad and implement an Islamist state in Syria, a flesh-eating parasite dubbed the ‘Aleppo Boil’ sweeps across the country while famine grips a desperate, war-weary population… The fruit of Islam and its laws have produced and will continue to produce the type of conditions that precipitate and perpetuate all sort of pestilences, all manner of plagues, any number of conflicts and hardships both inside and outside the Islamic world.” Read more.

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