According to the latest reports coming out of Syria, 83% of the country is without electricity, forcing Syrians to live in darkness. Now into its fifth conflict, only a few sections of the city have lights.
A team of researchers from China’s Wuhan University were able to capture satellite images that help reveal just how devastating the situation is. In addition to Syrians living in constant fear in a country that is being destroyed, they now face another monumental challenge.
According to Dr. Xi Li, lead researcher of the project, 97% of electricity is out in the Aleppo province and in Raqqa, an area now under control of ISIS, 96% is without power. Dr. Li along with 130 humanitarian organizations presented the findings while also launching the #WithSyria campaign in an effort to show solidarity.
As reported by Susan Ahmad, an opposition activist with close family members living in an area of Damascus controlled by the Islamic Militant regime, her three-year-old nephew asks if she has electricity where she lives because he has none. She went on to explain that her family sits in total darkness for hours upon hours every day.
The lack of electricity is not only thing raising the level of fear that the people of Syria already feel. For many, feeding families is nearly impossible. The other problem is that the few jobs people do have often times cannot be performed because darkness can last for 16 hours a day.
Ahmad went on to say that for Syrians in the area of Damascus, life is only getting worse. These people are scared and have no idea what to expect next. They are tired of the fighting, ISIS control, and all the killings. They simply want it to stop so that maybe, they can go back to a relatively normal existence.
Since the uprising began in 1911, there is little abatement from the conflict. Ordinary people are impacted, with more than three million Syrians now refugees and another 7.6 million having been displaced, not to mention the 210,000 innocent people killed. Because of the conflict in Syria, experts have dropped the life expectancy from 75.9 years to just 55.7.
Imad al-Zawahra, head of the Syrian Canadian Democratic Forum released a statement saying that never in recent history has anything like this been seen. This is national disaster. At this time, Syria is close to economic ruin with the state having lost over $200 billion. Almost 60% of citizens have no jobs and approximately 80% live in complete poverty.
Adding to an already growing problem is the fact that Syrians feel they have been abandoned with few options to flee. Because so many people have made it out of Syria, neighboring countries have tightened borders and trying to travel within the country is far too dangerous.