Mwafak, a retired textiles trader
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'Life is very expensive now'

Mwafak, a retired textiles trader, used to live and work in Kuwait but returned to Syria three years ago with his wife and five children.

He now lives in a government-controlled part of the large Damascus neighbourhood of Barzeh. There is heavy fighting in nearby opposition areas.

He describes how life has become more and more expensive, with some items costing 10 times the amount they did three years ago.