The year 2013 was another one to forget for the Syrian town of Atareb. Most of the people there are relieved that the year has ended and are hoping that the new one proves to be much better.
Primarily, what they’re hoping is that the civil war that has been going on in the country for the past two and a half years, ends and they could again live in peace.
“We hope this revolution will end with success. God willing everything will go back to normal at the end of this revolution,” Husam Akous, a bakery worker told Reuters.
Abu Ayham, another Atareb resident, added: “Hopefully all those in the refugee camps, in Homs and elsewhere, will be able to return, especially those who are suffering in the cold weather.”
The camps he was referring to are the ones set up in the neighboring country Jordan, where reports say more than half a million Syrians have taken refuge.
One of those refugees is Abu Maher, who said: “We hope that in 2014 we will be able to return to our country, our homes, our families…Jordan was generous to us, they are also our family and our people, but people always prefer their homes.”
According to recent estimates by an anti-Assad monitoring group, the death toll from the Syrian War has crossed the 130,000 mark. Here is hoping that the rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s supporters find an amicable solution for their problems this year and the common Syrian man doesn’t have to suffer anymore.