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Life of Syrian People Post 2018

After eight years of terrorist war on Syria, the rainbow of peace in its sky is telling us that Syrians are now in need to have stable life.

Our readers of the Syria Times e-newspaper let me take you on a tour in Damascus to show you its safe streets, and to see how the Syrian people are trying to overcome the repercussions of the crisis.

The victories that have been achieved by Syrian Arab Army in the war against terrorism and the regaining of stability and security in most of Syria allow Syrians finally catch their breath and spread in the markets, shopping centers, gardens and restaurants. They want to believe that they can have a secure and peaceful life again.

In Souk Al- Hamidiye , this souk with its two hundred fifty shops, is as famous as the other historical monuments of old Damascus. You find Mazen who has a shop in Souk Madhat Pasha, saying that things in Syria are developing better in the buying and selling movement.

Samer a shop owner in Souk Al-Hareer said more people are visiting his shop than during the crisis.

In this souk, shops sell silk, brocade, Damask, aghabani, wool, ladies fashion, gifts, and oriental artifacts as well as hand craft products like mosaics inlaid  with of mother of pearl, silver and gold in addition to carpets etc

“Everything in our country is available and Syria is always a country of goodness before and after the crisis,” said Suzan, a visitor to the Souk Al- Hamidiye.

On a weekday afternoon, Old City of Damascus heaves with people, cars, motorcycles, bikes. Markets are crowded with locals bartering with merchants for heaps of spices, flowery perfumes, and clothing. Most things one needs, are abundant in the Hamidiyah market, she added.

In the narrow back lanes of the Old City, you can see couples walk hand in hand; older men greet each other with broad smiles and a kiss on each cheek. Music wafts from open doors of ancient homes, their courtyards bursting with greenery. A milkman delivers milk from large tins strapped to his bicycle. What a wonderful view that makes the memory go back to the wonderful past days of Damascus.

Inside the Umayyad Mosque, worshipers pray and relax in the cool interior. Outside, women sit in the courtyard shade with their children, picnicking on sandwiches.

The vast square opposite the mosque is filled with food vendors, clothing vendors and kids selling roses. Children gather around lots of pigeons.

It was really a Damascus Jasmine trip, tourism and desire.

On Hamra shopping street, it may be different, because people on its streets are less. Rana, a university student, said I like to go to Hamra Street a lot and now I go more because of the feeling of safety.

A popcorn vendor in his 20s says things are improving in Syria. “Life here is good, things have gotten back to normal, and the Syrian government supports us. But my house is in Babbila, just outside of Damascus. I can’t go back there, the ‘rebels’ had destroyed it.”

“Damascus markets before the Eid al-Adha holiday witnessed noticeable congestion and active movement, Fadi who has a shop of shoes in Salhiya market said.

"We continue to open our stores all night long and into the morning hours to meet customer demands before Eid." He feels that those days are starting to come back and he is sure that stability and prosperity have already returned to Syria, Fadi added.

Because the majority feels it is safe they spread in restaurants, and when many people begin to return home, in the countryside in Madaya and Boukeen, you can see a lot of people were in restaurants like Al-Jerjanieha.

 I was one of these people. I felt that the security and basic services that disappeared in many parts of Syria during the crisis have prevailed again when I saw all these people in the restaurant.

When a client of the restaurant, Omar, was asked, he said that he used to go to restaurants with his wife and children because he felt safe in Syria. He said the repercussions of the crisis were very difficult, but the situation is now very different, it is more stable and good.

It is encouraging to be optimistic now that the terrorist war in Syria has been going on for eight years and has had psychological and devastating consequences. Now is the time to restore our humanity, Omar still says

Last but not least, continued support will be needed for each other as a Syrian people as well as for all Syrian refugees abroad to tell them that Syria is safe enough to return home.
However, the majority of Syrians are starting to return home because they feel it is safe to do so, and the time of attacks on civilians, including car bombs, mortars, and rocket attacks have ended irreversibly.

Reported and interviewed by: Raghda Sawas

 Photos by: Raghda Sawas