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Canada in Syria, a juice seller prepares for a ramadan darkened by the crisis

00:30  11 april  2021
00:30  11 april  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Ishaaq Kremed, vendeur de jus de tamarin, déambule dans les ruelles d'un marché à Damas, en Syrie, le 8 avril 2021 © Louai Beshara Ishaaq Kremed, Tamarin juice seller, wander in the alleys of a market in Damascus, Syria, April 8, 2021

A few days from the beginning of Ramadan, Ishaaq Kremed, 53 years old, alpacue customers in a trained market of the Syrian capital and pays them the juice of Tamarin that it carries in a large brass jug on its back.

Ishaaq Kremed, vendeur de jus de tamarin, déambule dans un marché à Damas, en Syrie, le 8 avril 2021 © Louai Beshara Ishaaq Kremed, Tamarin juice seller, wanderings in a market in Damascus, Syria, April 8, 2021

The street vendor claims to have usually more customers during the month of Ramadan, which begins this year the Next week, a lot enjoying breaking their fast at sunset with this refreshing juice.

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Ishaaq Kremed, vendeur de jus de tamarin, déambule dans un marché de Damas, en Syrie, le 8 avril 2021 © Louai Beshara Ishaaq Kremed, Tamarin Juice Seller, wanderings in a Damascus market, Syria, April 8, 2021

But the job he has been doing for more than 40 years has made a new meaning since Syria , ravaged by a decade of war, is immersed in a deep economic crisis.

"My main job is to smile the customers," explains this father of 16 children, dressed in a puffy pants, a motif vest and wearing a red Tarbouche.

"The most important thing is that they leave by feeling happy, that whoever arriving stressed relieved repartee," he adds.

During his daily tours at the Hamidiyeh Covered Market, in Damascus, dozens of customers dock it to quench their thirst, taking it often in photo at the same time.

As he skidly poured the juice into plastic glasses, he distracted his customers with a song.

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The sanitary mask descended under the chin, he souls a song for a mother and two girls while pouring their brown juice.

He then removes his Tarbouche to harvest the money and put him back on his head.

- "Financial concerns" -

with the economic crisis, prices have exploded in Syria, leading to a fall in the value of the Syrian book compared to the dollar on the black market.

In a country where a majority of the population lives below the poverty line, Syrians must also face confines because of the pandemic.

"For three years, Ramadan has been different because of the financial concerns of the people," says Kremed.

"When people come to the market, we see them bang against each other as if they were in a second state," he says.

The government imputes the economic crisis to Western penalties, but economists believe that the war, pandemic and collapse in neighboring Lebanon are major factors in the Syrian crisis.

If he does his best to maintain a joyful attitude, the seller admits also feel the effects of the crisis too.

Tamarind and sugar prices have increased significantly, it reports, and everyone can not afford to afford the refresh it proposes.

"People's priorities are now being able to eat and drink on the table," he says.

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