Every year and for five years, the Bayti association organizes a big Christmas event in Homs, on the Hamadiyah square, to unite the entire community after the hardships experienced together.
Children dance, and their mothers run after them, fathers discuss daily life. Little red hats with tassels are spread over a popcorn. Eyes full of stars shine with glee and little hands are come to grab some candy. With music playing in the background, one can feel the magic in the air; music which fills the youngest with joy and even tempts a few to step onto the dance floor.
It is difficult in this general uproar to understand the neighbours words, the ear must be soft as the low-pushed basses increase the heart rate. Volunteers quickly understand that it will is so poignant to film these memorable scenes of joy after so many years of war.
At the stand of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, volunteers wearing the traditional red-heart sweatshirts try so hard not to burn their fingers as they pour coffee and tea for the revelers from their thermos flasks.
Families walk into crowded streets before meeting at the foot of the Christmas tree for the Christmas concert. Young singers proudly wear a scarf and a red cap to keep nice and warm in the cold winter night. Polyphonic sounds bounce against the walls of the buildings before becoming lost in the wind that whistles to the sky.
Like the year before, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient participated in organizing this event. Volunteers gather there, in tribute to dead friends, in the hope of a better future, a future that is now beginning to become a reality
The families of Homs will have their smiles and cries of joy. Support the Christmas market project.