Syrian men, bent double under the weight of their sacks, begin the four-hour trek from Iraqi Kurdistan back to Syria.
Every day more than 3,000 men make this journey into northern Iraq to get essentials such as food and gasoline for their families back home.
Ali Muhammad Bedawi, 22, made a trip from Aleppo for macaroni and diapers. The journey took 14 hours.
22岁的Ali Muhammad Bedawi从阿勒颇来买通心粉和尿片，这个旅程要花14小时。
"There's no bread. There's no food. There's no gas. No fuel," he said. "People are starving.
Only a very few see this as a business opportunity. A liter of gasoline purchased in Iraq for one dollar will sell in Syria for a mere 50-cent markup.
"We don't sell the kerosene because we need at home," said fuel vendor Hussam Moussa. "We only sell the gasoline.
The unofficial crossing has been opened by the semi-autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq without the permission of the central government in Baghdad.
Kurdish officials say their own history of suffering gives them responsibility to help Syrian Kurds.