“We did not expect that this moment would ever actually come. We had four years of pain, of war and blood… We are so happy that we can celebrate once again. Aleppo has been returned to us. This is our homeland. We couldn’t even imagine that we would once again see all this joy and celebration,” a young woman named Maja said.
Most of the city’s residents, however, are mourning as well as celebrating – that’s just how life is right now.
For teenager Reem, this is the second Christmas without her elder sister Nour, an accomplished basketball player, who was killed by a sniper’s bullet while coming back home from a game.
“Life without her is very hard, but I think about her every minute and I feel like she is with us,” Reem told RT.
Many of those who suffered the death of their entire family are young children, and now live …