By Dr. Ali al-Shoeibi
Just came back from a visit to the liberated areas of Raqqa. There, I found people eagerly looking westwards with high-expectations in the hope of seeing the Syrian Arab Army coming. All of them are waiting for SAA.
An old woman from the village of al-Bu-Rajab, about 17 km ahead of Raqqa, is praying for God to let her live long enough as to see the SAA coming. She solemnly swore by God that she would lay down in front of advancing tanks unless they (the Army men) allow her to kiss the boots of the first SAA solider she might see. She says these words with tears flowing from her eyes. She was weeping and sobbing.
Another old man we saw on the side-road while we were driving back from the petrol station of the oil-rich al-Thawra town. We gave the stranded old man a lift. He sat in the back seat of the car. After a while, we turnedthe tape-recorder on and the national anthem of the Syrian Arab Republic was played. The old man began to sigh deeply and sob silently. Looking at him through the mirror, my son asked him:
Uncle, why are you weeping?
The Old man answered: This anthem would make even stones melt from emotions. May God never help the traitors who betrayed the homeland.
From the journey of Dr. Ali Shoeibi
Translated into English by Syrianfacts