“We spend nearly all our money on food”

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The economy is the main and crucial issue in Turkey.

People reproach about the price of food and drinks.

We asked women in Diyarbakir how much money they spend on food and drink every month.

“I can’t buy even fruit from the bazaar”

We came across a woman on the street. She and her daughter are walking. That woman named Fatma lives with together parents-in-law and her husband earning 4 thousand Turkish lira in a month. 7 people try to live by 4 thousand. Fatma talks about their economic situation.

We spend nearly all our money on food. I can’t buy even fruit from the bazaar. We spend 2,000 lira per month on the kitchen.


“We can buy meat only once a month”

We walked into the square of Seyh Seid then a woman with her husband stopped us. They came from Istanbul for traveling. They are working on governmental institutions.

I am working in a governmental institution. I get 15 thousand per month. My husband also works. We spend 15 thousand on food and drinks. Our home is in Istanbul. We don’t have a social life. We can buy meat only once a month.

An actress woman called Mariya Dirini came for traveling from Istanbul to Diyarbakir. She lives alone in Istanbul and said: I eat out every day.

I live alone in Istanbul. I spend 7 thousand per month on food. I don’t have the opportunity to cook due to work. That’s why I eat out every day. In the places where I eat, their prices change every week.

Mariya Dirini

According to dates of OECD inflation of food and drink in Turkey exceeded 70 percent in January. Turkey ranks first among European Union countries in terms of the price of food.

This news was translated by Yonca Sarsilmaz