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Living Conditions “Extremely Bad” in ...
Jarabulus
By TTM Contributor 34
13 Feb 2015

Jarabulus, Syria
February 13, 2015

This video offers a rare glimpse of daily life in Jarabulus, an ISIS-controlled Syrian town on the border with Turkey, located around 120 km northwest of Aleppo.
Video contains interviews with two anonymous residents who complained about their economic conditions, saying that basic commodities are unaffordable while there are few employment opportunities.

The footage, which was shot secretly, shows what is believed to be ISIS headquarters destroyed by international coalition-led airstrikes. It also shows local residents in markets and agriculture fields inside and near Jarabulus.

Fighters from the Nusra Front, considered the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, took over the town in 2013 and later pledged allegiance to ISIS. More than 200,000 Kurds and Arabs in Jarabulus and the surrounding villages have lived under ISIS since early 2014.

The name of the contributor has been withheld for security reasons.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Traveling of fields/ road sign “Jarablus”
Wide of destroyed bridge on river
Wide of lettering on a wall (ISIS religious teachings)
Various of destroyed buildings
Wide of ISIS religious teachings
Traveling of street
Wide of lettering on a wall (ISIS religious teachings)
Various of official printed announcements by ISIS posted outside a building/ close up of seal “The Islamic State, Department of Agriculture, Jarabulus District”
L-R pan of field
Wide of children sliding down a hill
Various of boat rowing in the Euphrates River
Wide of planted vegetables
Wide/ L-R pan of orchard
Various of sheep grazing
Close-up of a person cutting firewood
Various of woman cooking using a stove
Various of a woman milking a cow
Various of oil containers for sale on the roadside
Medium of man at fish market
Various of vegetables for sale at market
Wide of field and sheep herd
Traveling of people in an outdoor market
Various of clothes and shoes for sale
Various of spices for sale
Various of market
Various of crowd at market
Various of food items for sale
Wide/ traveling inside health center

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Unnamed Jarabulus Resident
09:54 – 12:16

“The situation is not good. I cannot say that we are comfortable. Our situation is very bad. A diesel barrel costs 20,000 [Syrian pounds]. How can we afford it? A gas canister costs 4,000 [Syrian pounds] and a liter of kerosene costs 225 pounds. A pack of bread costs 130 pounds. How can we afford this? I have two young men who are unemployed. Where can they go? “The [Islamic] State is good. They have caught the debauched and the thieves who have hurt people, but they provide electricity and water for only two hours [a day]. For more than a year, people have barely seen electricity. It is provided during two hours but the grid is overloaded and the current is interrupted after half an hour. The bakery was not functioning; they repaired it but bread is expensive. We cannot afford it. I bake bread myself.

“As for warplanes… Our houses have been fractured. These countries have formed a coalition against us. We live in a border town. Bombing goes on night and day.

“They should have bombed the tyrant who has deprived us of everything. He has ruined everything. Whenever our children went out to look for work they were accused of being criminals and caught. All our young men have been put in jail. What can we do? The situation is bad.

“We use firewood. We had olive trees but we cut them down and burned them in the stove to have heat in this cold weather.

“I have a cow. Animal feed is expensive. A kilogram of hay costs 50 pounds. A bale of barely that contains 40 kg costs 2,700 pounds. We need this cow to feed us. All the people who have cattle suffer the same crisis that we do. It is not only me; all of us suffer a bad situation. We wish that we die. There is not a single house that has not been fractured due to warplanes.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Jarabulus Resident
12:17 – 13: 19

“Conditions under the Islamic State are extremely bad. Under the Islamic State, a barrel of diesel costs more than $100. A ton of firewood costs 22,000 [pounds]. This crisis has never been witnessed before.

“Nothing has improved under the Islamic State. Everything has deteriorated. They should create employment for the people. The people work in agricultural lands, which do not provide any revenue. We have abandoned our land. Not all the plots are being cultivated. People have cut down olive groves and used them as firewood. The situation is extremely miserable. There are no services and foreign countries are not providing aid. The Islamic State is in control of the situation. Turkey has closed the border and aid cannot reach people. The situation is very bad under the Islamic State.”

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Demand for Headstones rises in Damascus
Damascus, Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
09 Apr 2014

20/03/2014
Bab Al Jabiya neighborhood in Old Damascus, Syria

Story:

The ongoing Syrian civil war resulted in the deaths of more than 150 thousand people
Those numbers pushed the demand for headstones to rise. There is another facet to the war in Syria where a group of people saw themselves getting more work and revenue despite the financial hardship experienced by most of the Syrian people. You can find in the Bab Al Jabiya souk several workshops where they make headstones of various shapes and sizes depending on the financial situation of the family. Due to the financial hardship that many people are facing in Syria the sizes of the headstones are shrinking.  

Interviews / Translated Transcription:

Mo'taz Al Aytouni, Headstones workshop owner:
"The demand is small, before the turnout was good but the high prices of the materials used and the distress experienced by the people led in replacing large tomb stones with smaller ones. There is a demand but from what we keep hearing there should be a much higher demand."

Samer, headstone sculpter/carver: "This line of work depends on the hammer. Drilling on the marble carving and the presence of decorations on the headstones is expensive."

Ziad, works in marble inscription:
"Before the events death was unusual but since the war started there is an increased demand and therefor there is a lot of work." 

Shot List:

1 - footage of stores that sell headstones in Bab Jabiya, in Old Damascus

2 - footage of the process of inscription 

3 - a snapshot of the process of writing and planning before you start engraving 

4 - footage of the shops during the manufacturing of tombstones 

5 - Marble parts in different sizes before the process of drilling and engraving 

6 - Shots of headstones in the cemetery in Jabiya district, one of the largest cemeteries in Damascus

ورقة المعلومات

عنوان القصة‪:‬ زيادة الطلب على شواهد القبور

تاريخ الإنتاج ‪20 -03-2014‬

موقع التصوير‪:‬ حي باب الجابية وسط دمشق القديمة .

شرح القصة‪:‬ خلفت الحرب التي لا تزال مشتعلة في مختلف مناطق سوريا ما يزيد عن 150 الف قتيل. هذا العداد الكبير من المتوفين زاد من الطلب على شواهد القبور. في سوق باب الجابية وسط دمشق القديمة وبالقرب من مقبرة باب صغير توجد عدة محال تعمل في نقش شواهد القبور، وهي عبارة عن قطع رخامية يختلف حجمها تبعاً لمقدرة طالبها المالية، يكتب عليها اسم المتوفي وتاريخ ولادته ووفاته إضافة الى بعض الآيات القرآنية وبعض العبارات. هذا القطاع العمالي يشهد انتعاشا رغم الأزمة الاقتصادية الخانقة في سوريا، نتيجة استمرار الحرب السورية والارتفاع في عدد القتلى وبالتالي الطلب المتزايد على شواهد القبور للموتى, الا ان العاملين في هذا المجال يقولون انهم يعملون على تصغير حجم الشواهد لخفض الكلفة بسبب الدائقة المالية التي يعاني منها المواطنون.

المتكلمون: 1 - معتز الايتوني – صاحب محل لبيع شواهد القبور
" الإقبال بسيط ، قبل فترة كان الإقبال جيد ، ولكن ارتفاع اسعار المواد وحالة الضيق الذي يعيشها الشعب دفعت الى الاستغناء عن الشواهد الكبيرة بشواهد صغيرة الحجم ، ومع ذلك هناك طلب ولكن حسب ما بنسمع كان يجب يكون الطلب اكبر ".

2- سامر – عامل حفر على الرخام لنقش شواهد القبور
" تعتمد هذه المصلحة على المطرقة والزميل ويتم الحفر على الرخام بطريقة الحفر الغاطس والنافر ، ووجود زخارف على شواهد القبور مكلفة ". 3- زياد - عامل في محل لنقش الرخام
" قبل الأحداث كان حالات الوفيات عادية ، ولكن خلال الأحداث هناك زيادة على الطلب وبذلك هناك زيادة بالعمل وكل محال السوق تعمل ".   لائحة اللقطات: ( شرح غير تفصيلي لمجموعة اللقطات بالفيديو) 1 - لقطات لمحال بيع شواهد القبور في حي باب الجابية وسط دمشق القديمة .
2 - لقطات لعملية نقش شاهدت قبر كبيرة  
3 - لقطة لعملية الكتابة والتخطيط قبل بدء النقش
4 - لقطات لمحال يتم حفر وتصنيع شواهد القبور
5- قطع رخام مختلفة الأحجام قبل عملية الحفر والنقش
6- لقطات لشواهد قبور في مقبرة باب صغير بحي باب الجابية وهي من اكبر مقابر العاصمة دمشق

Video: http://transterramedia.com/media/31043

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By newspoint
20 Sep 2012

The day-long nationwide shut down called for by the Left parties and NDA on Thursday, demanding a rollback of the government's decision to hike diesel prices, cap subsidised cooking gas cylinders and allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, has hit life in many places and businesses in the country.
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Youth wing’s activists blocked rail traffic, stopping trains.
 Members of Political parties like Samajwadi Party (SP), CPM, CPI, TDP, BJD, JD (S), Trimul Congress (TMC) All India Forward Bloc and the RSP have plans to organise picketing, demonstrations and court arrest.

Byte: Nitin Gatkari , National President of Bhartiya Janta party (BJP)
“Economic decisions taken by the Congress would impact the poor and labourers, and the party would continue to fight them”. Byte: Salman Khurshid , Law Minister of India Visual & Byte Description:
1-Delhi
2-Lucknow (Utter Pradesh)
3-Jaipur (Rajsthan)
4-Hamirpur (Utter Pradesh)
Byte: Nitin Gatkari , National President of Bhartiya Janta party (BJP)
Byte: Salman Khurshid , Law Minister of India

Date-20 Sept 2012
Country : India
Slug: India Shut Down: Life hit at many places, trains stopped, PM's effigy burnt