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Syrians resort to ancient bread-making methods in Idlib's food crisis

Displaced Syrians in Idlib are replacing bakery bread with handmade bread, turning to traditional methods during the area's food shortage.
Syrians cook bread inside a school turned into a shelter for people displaced by the war, in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region, Syria, Dec. 23, 2017.

ALEPPO, Syria — Many Syrians in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-held Idlib, in northwestern Syria, are resorting to ancient bread-making methods, at home or in their tents in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), due to the bread crisis caused by price rises and insufficient bread products available.  

Using the saj, a wood-fired metal griddle for baking flat bread, women in Idlib are making traditional bread, which is less expensive than buying it from bakeries, where prices have increased significantly following the depreciation of the Turkish lira in the last few weeks.

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