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A very real account of love during the Syrian conflict
Like a scene from Love Actually, Razan Alakraa and Ahmad Alhameed embraced at the arrivals hall of London’s Heathrow Airport. But unlike the film this heartwarming display of love came after the couple were separated by the harsh realities of the Syrian conflict.
Razan (@tweets4peace) recently shared this photo on Twitter of her and her fiancée, Ahmad, reuniting at London Heathrow Airport on New Year’s Day after spending one and a half years apart. We spoke to Razan about her and Ahmad’s experiences of the conflict and the circumstances that came to see them separated:
‘I’m Syrian born but was raised in the UK after my dad relocated here in the 80s to complete his medical training. I grew up aware of and involved in many causes and working with people locally and internationally; my parents made sure that we knew people went hungry so we weren’t to waste food.
When the Syrian conflict started my family had to make the decision to say something or to stay quiet. When the Izra massacre happened in Daraa city and the blood started to be poured onto the streets of Syria in April 2011 by the Assad regime security forces, we sat down as a family and took the decision to speak out. We’ve now been active since 2011 and continue to be so still. I’ve helped to create media centres around Syria so spent a lot of my time on Skype passing information onto media outlets and human rights groups such as Avaaz, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
I met Ahmad through my family. My extended family knew his very well and he asked for me in 2009 when I was in the UK and he was still in Syria. When my uncle asked my mum, I said no straight away; I was starting to study pharmacy and wanted nothing to do with him. I worked with my cousin who was in Syria. I would translate and update news outlets and human rights groups to get the message out for what medicines were needed for the field hospitals. I wasn’t aware that Ahmad had created a field hospital and was observing my work online the whole time as he worked to save lives.
To cut a long story short, he proposed to me online in December 2012 after the siege ended. And he was able to go back to continuing his speciality in Damascus as an oncologist.
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