HOMS, (SANA)- Burdened with wounds and suffering, yet the people of Homs are determined to transcend pain and defy the challenges with a strong will to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a holiday that marks fast-breaking at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.
With smiles drawn on their mouths and hands catching hold those of their parents, children of the city of Homs are roaming around the markets in the quarters and neighborhoods which were cleared by the armed forces from the terrorist groups to buy new clothes to show off before their peers.
The fact that the citizens are aware of the difficulty of reaching some materials, due to reasons related to transport and distribution, has not curbed their enthusiasm for shopping and buying their needs of food, sweets and clothes, each according to his/her priorities and capabilities.
Director of the Provision Department in Homs, Bassam al-Hassan, affirmed to SANA reporter that all the main food materials are available in the city, noting that patrols will be regularly run during the Eid days to check the markets and make sure that supplies and food stuff are being equally distributed all over the province.
While wandering around through the markets, the citizens of Homs expressed in statements to SANA their happiness over the return of calm and tranquility to their neighborhoods.
Their happiness however seemed clearly mixed with a feeling of grief and pride when recalling the memory of their dear ones who were martyred at the hands of the armed terrorist groups.
"The Eid is an opportunity to recall the souls of the homeland's martyrs and clear our souls of every sense of sadness and disturbance," said Abu Mahmoud, a citizen form Karm al-Zaitoun neighborhood.
A martyr's wife expressed how her responsibility has grown bigger now in the absence of her husband to nurture her children and help keep the smile on their faces and enhance trust in a better future for the homeland and the next generations.
"The real eid," the grieved wife said, "is when Syria will get rid of those who have practiced terrorism and harmed our beloved homeland."