The road to Damascus is littered with hunger and economic ...

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The road to Damascus is littered with hunger and economic potholes

Anger simmers over Syria’s economic collapse, but President Assad, on course to win elections, blames Western sanctions

Suleiman Al-Khalidi

In the back alleys of the old city of Damascus, Yaseen al-Obeid carries sacks of bricks to make extra cash and supplement his monthly foreman’s salary of $15 (R223).

Like many other Syrians, one job is not enough; the 52-year-old has to find money to feed his wife and six children.

“Every time I go to bed I say to myself that I hope a rocket comes and kills me and rids me of this life,” he said via video link from his home in a rundown part of the Syrian capital...

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