Fifty pounds used to go a long way in Syria, but not anymore
A Syrian boy carries bread in the northern Syrian town of Atareb in the Aleppo province on Nov. 7, 2012. (AFP/File)
The Syrian regime may be losing its territory and sources of income, but let's focus briefly on the people most affected by the plummeting Syrian pound: civilians.
A US dollar went from equaling 44 Syrian pounds to 220 in just four and a half years. Even salary raises of up to 30-40 percent have nowhere near made up for that drop.
Daily life got exponentially harder. Here are some prices estimated by a resident in a regime-held city; that means these are the better prices.
Bread: Before the revolution, three kilograms of bread cost about 50 Syrian pounds. Today that's the cost of one kilogram. Bread is subsidized by the government so it's cheaper than pretty much anything else you can find in the country.
Transportation: Before the revolution, 50 Syrian pounds could buy ten trips by service taxi. Now one trip costs 30 pounds.
Soda: 50 Syrian pounds could have bought two cans of Coca-Cola before the revolution. One can now costs 200 pounds.
Gas: Before the revolution, 50 pounds got Syrians two liters of gasoline. Now? It would get them one-third of a liter. Gas tanks for cooking used to cost 150 pounds; they currently run anywhere from 1,700-3,000 pounds.