I’m on my way to a flower sale, when I’m approached by a woman who’s selling flowers for $200 a piece.
She says she’s from Syria, and she doesn’t want to sell flowers.
“I want to make them for my children,” she says, pointing to a pile of flowers in her hands.
“My kids need them.”
She’s talking about the $200 worth of flowers that she’s been selling since the end of the war.
But for all of her hard work, the Syrian woman isn’t the only person making a living selling flowers.
Many people who don’t get paid for the flowers they collect are also collecting them.
And these flower sellers, many of whom are children themselves, are making money for the government.
According to a 2011 study from the Brookings Institution, flower sales account for up to 10 percent of Syria’s gross domestic product.
But the money is only part of the story.
The country is also exporting the flowers to foreign buyers who use them in other ways, like decoration, for example.
A 2013 report by the International Monetary Fund found that the country’s trade in flowers, valued at $6 billion, had risen from $1.6 billion in 2003 to $11 billion in 2014.
While the government claims that it only uses the money for basic security needs, the report found that a number of Syrian businesses have also been profiting from the flower trade, including the government-owned oil company, SANA, which has been able to increase its profits by 50 percent in the past five years.
The SANA oil company also exports the flower-selling flower to Europe, as well as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as part of its strategy to attract international investors.
And while SANA claims that its exports are legal and secure, some experts are concerned that the government is using the flower sales to keep its support base in the country strong, and ensure that the economic recovery in the region continues.
“What we’re seeing is a huge increase in the number of people who are being exploited in this flower trade,” said Marisa Eman, the Middle East director for Human Rights Watch.
“They’re using these flowers as money, not as medicine, not to improve people’s health.
They’re just being used as money to stay in power.”
The economic impact on Syrians According to research conducted by the University of Glasgow, the number and value of Syrian flower sales has increased dramatically over the past decade.
The report found a dramatic rise in the use of flower trafficking and other forms of trafficking by the Syrian government, with more than 1,000 flowers exported from Syria in 2011 alone.
The United Nations estimates that, in the last 10 years, at least 50,000 people have been forced into slavery.
According the report, “At least 2.6 million Syrians have been displaced within Syria since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011.”
In addition to selling flowers and other products, some people are also forced to work in flower-processing factories, where they are paid to work longer hours and often face greater risks of physical and psychological abuse.
“The most common reason for work in these factories is that you are working for an employer who will not give you a fair wage,” Eman said.
“This is very dangerous work.
It’s a very dangerous occupation.”
As a result of this work, Eman noted, “the Syrian government has also been able … to keep the number, the quality, and the prices of these flowers high.”
And the demand has been increasing, especially in areas like Aleppo where, according to Eman’s research, the government has been targeting a “growing number of rebel-held areas with heavy aerial bombardment.”
A 2013 United Nations report found the number at least tripled in the area of Aleppo in the six months after the government began to deploy ground troops to battle the Islamic State group.
In fact, the areas where the war is currently raging are so dangerous that some of the factories are being targeted by government forces.
The areas have been so bombarded that some factories have been “completely destroyed,” according to the report.
The government is also using the trafficking of Syrian and foreign-made products as a way to fund its ongoing war with the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
As Eman explained, “This trafficking in flowers is the ultimate justification for the regime to continue with this war.
It has provided an enormous financial lifeline for the Syrian regime, so that it can continue to support its war with ISIS.”
The flower industry is also becoming increasingly popular in rural areas.
“There’s a lot of flower-growing in the countryside of Syria, but also a lot that’s being done on the internet,” said Eman.
“For example, people are going on Facebook to share photos and videos of the beauty of flowers and of the harvest.
There’s a whole lot of social media in Syria, where people are sharing these things and they’re really capturing the attention of the world.”
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