As the Turkish lira continues to drop in value against other currencies people are suffering from the rise in prices of many products including even the price of basic necessities such as bread.
After the price of bread increased to 2.25 TL in Adana, long queues were observed in front of the municipality kiosks selling cheaper bread.
Residents rushed to the kiosks in the morning to get bread priced from 1 TL in the Seyhan district of the city. Some people waited for hours due to the long queues at the kiosks where there was a restriction placed of 10 flat breads per person.
A citizen waiting to buy bread reveals the situation in Turkey:
“We wait for hours for bread. Sometimes we can not buy. We wait here since this bread is cheaper than the other one. We are in the bread queue of the municipality bakery since our children are starving. Sometimes the children are sent to come in the middle of the night and wait in the queue till the morning.”
The Turkish lira has lost over 45 percent of its value in 2021 and lost 29 percent in value in November alone. On 30 November when Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that there would be no change in economic policies, the exchange rate against the dollar rose to 13.96 TL.