Couple torn apart by Syrian civil war finally marry amid the ruins

A couple who were torn apart by the Syrian civil war have finally married amid the ruins.

Maher Samaan stayed in Aleppo throughout the conflict but her beloved Amira fled to Lebanon in 2012.

They kept in touch by text message and were reunited after rebels quit the city a year ago.

Maher said: “War taught me to live in the moment.

They wore Converse trainers to their wedding
(Image: Dan Warburton)
The Converse trainers at their wedding
(Image: Dan Warburton)

“We lost friends and family.

“My niece was on a bus when fighters opened fire.

“Everyone was killed.

Maher said: “War taught me to live in the moment”
(Image: Dan Warburton)

“When the conflict stopped, your thoughts turn to the future. The wedding was awesome.”

The siege of Aleppo destroyed huge areas of the city but life is slowly returning to normality.

Humanitarian charities Cafod and Caritas help 35,000 people there with food, education, ­medical and rent support.

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