Married Amidst The Ruins Of War, This Couple Is Building A Life Together

Love wins in a hopeless place.

Over 200,000 people have died in the four years since civil war broke out between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule. According to the BBC, in addition to the dead, over 11 million others have been forced from their homes as a result of the fighting, as well as the rise of Islamic State terrorists who recently destroyed a 2,000 year old temple in Palmyra, in the heart of Syria.

As the Europe Union joins Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon in granting asylum to the millions of Syrians seeking refuge, one story of hope has emerged from the ashes of war.

It's the story of this couple: Fadi and Rana.

Fadi told his story to the U.N. Refugee Agency.

"I was working in a local pharmaceutical industrial plant in the outskirts of Homs city since my graduation from the university in 2010. I considered myself very lucky to find such an amazing job. The job was in my domain and it was something that I like doing. Life was good to me and everything was just amazing."

"After about a year and a half, the fighting reached my house in the old city of Homs, and I had to run for my life leaving everything behind."

The aftermath of the 2012 Homs Offensive.
The aftermath of the 2012 Homs Offensive.

Fadi was able to secure work with the U.N. Refugee Agency. That's when he met Rana.

As it turned out, they had something very special in common...

Fadi continues: "Soon after, we figured out that we are both from the same neighborhood, but we had never met before! Despite the short time we spent together, we found time to sit and talk. We got to know each other well, and discovered many common interests, and we simply fell in love." 

Among the places destroyed in Syria was St. George's, a Greek Orthodox church in their hometown.

ورجعنا صلينا بكنيسة مارجرجس بعيد شفيع الكنيسة العظيم في الشهداء نشكر الله على كل شي ومزال نحن موجودين الكنيسة موجودة وان شا الله رح نبقى هون ونكفي بهمة الجميع راجعة أحلى ....

Posted by ‎كنيسة القديس جاورجيوس - الحميدية- حمص القديمة‎ on Friday, July 17, 2015

Although in ruins and missing a roof, Fadi and Rana chose to exchange wedding vows there...

Proving once and for all...

That love never fails.