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Syrian Mum And Son Reunited After Three Years

A Syrian man who fled the war-torn city of Raqqa, fearing that his mother was dead, has spoken of his joy at having been reunited with her three years later.

 

Abdurrahman Dede, 32, lost contact with his family when they were displaced in the war after ISIS took control of their home city and made it their headquarters in Syria.

 

Fearing they were all dead, he managed to get out of the city and over the border into Turkey where he found a new home in the border town of Reyhanli in south-eastern Turkey's Hatay Province.

 

His mother Nazo Dede, however, had survived in Raqqa, clinging to the hope that Abdurrahman was still alive following the death of her two other sons in the war.

 

Three years on, with the help of a relative, Mrs Dede managed to flee her home city and cross the border to reach Turkey.

 

Tracing her relatives, she was finally reunited with her son in Reyhanli which houses thousands of Syrian refugees.

 

Mr Dede said: "I was very surprised when I found out that my mother is alive. May Allah not take her away again and I pray for all mothers who died in the war."

 

Mr Dede said that he had been living in a different quarter of Raqqa to his parents and decided to leave the city when he was unable to find them.

 

Neither he nor his mother know what happened to his father who went missing one day at the height of the attacks on the city.

 

Mrs Dede said that she was so excited she could not sleep when she learned that her son was still alive and in Turkey.

 

She added: "I thank God thousands of times for having my son again. I still can't believe how I survived in Syria. In Raqqa, there were bombings, attacks every day.

 

"I will never forget what I went through in Syria. I saw many people dying next to me. Abdurrahman was my only reason to hope to survive."

 

Raqqa was captured in 2013 by the so-called Islamic State which went on to make the city its headquarters the following year.

 

The city has since been hit by airstrikes from the Syrian government, Russia, the US and several other countries.