Ramadan in Amman: A Financial Struggle
Yesterday I wrote about cucumber fever, which sounded like the only thought on my head, after all, cucumbers where just a symbol of the food industries’ fresh produce prices getting out of hand. It turns out it doesn’t stop at torturing the Jordanian public with food that they need everyday the humiliation has become a marathon of stripping everyone of their pay check within the first two weeks of the month.
Only a couple of days away till the holy month of Ramadan concludes its first week, and the announcement of gas prices being amended on Thursday the 19th has already been announced, and by amendment of course I mean, another increase.
The reason based upon the media’s interpretation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is that gas prices have gone up 4% three weeks ago, and hence the increase in gas prices.
Economically speaking, I am a student who earned her undergraduate studies in business administration, so the whole theory of supply and demand makes sense to me, and is understandable, I also understand that gas prices are like a stock market, am educated enough to log on to http://www.bloomberg.com/energy/ everyonce in a while.
But what I don’t seem to comprehend, or perhaps refuse to understand, is why the Jordanian public has to suffer from so many blows on price increase all at the same time. It seems that no one can afford a basic living, fresh vegetables for a small bowl of salad which shouldn’t be costing anything, but can cost up to 5 Dinars just to make one from scratch, gas prices are once again on the rise, and this is out of everyone’s control, if you own a car, you’ve got to drive, how else are you doing to get to work? Which pays your salary, which you pay on fruits and vegetables, where you need to “Drive” to the grocery store, wasting more gas, to over pay for the food that will be set on your table at the end of day.
Sad isn’t it? Where most of have to work 40-50 hours a week, to make a salary that barely pays our bills for enjoying luxuries such as a phone, the electricity and internet connection at home, where as many can no longer afford a basic need such as fruits and vegetables.
So tell me, why everyone is surprised when local papers and internet-based news portals have announced that the “demand for food items has decreased by 30 per japurchasing power.” I wonder!
Furthermore, the decrease is expected to go on during the second half of the holy month as President of the Food Stuff Traders Association Jawabreh believes that people’s interest “will be geared more towards buying clothes and other items.”
Clothes and other items? With all due respect Sir I don’t think people will have any money left to buy “clothes and other items” – I think they would have wasted all of it on over-priced vegetable produce and gas.
After all, thinking of priorities gas is irreplaceable, as I’ve explained earlier, one needs to drive back and forth to work to earn that pay check that will eventually be spent on over-priced food. Or else we are doomed to die of starvation.
– Sleepless in Amman
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