Abu Akram and the Olive Tree

A story of resistance and perseverance in besieged Eastern Ghouta

A story of resistance and perseverance in besieged Eastern Ghouta

(Eastern Ghuta, Damascus, Syria) Abu Akram is an 88-year-old man from Jobar, in Eastern Ghuta, Damascus.  He and his wife were forced to leave their home and move elsewhere in Eastern Ghuta because of the ongoing clashes. As for his two sons, one of them joined the Free Syrian Army (FSA), while the other is fighting alongside the Syrian Army. Abu Akram has not heard from either one of them for over three years.

The old man used to come to this place every day and chop up pieces of this olive tree trunk to use the wood for heating and cooking. Four months later, he found water in the ground underneath the tree, but he did not stop chopping it.

 

Abu Akram did not give up. He believes that God will help him and his wife to find their sons.