On the evening of May 3, Syrian refugees Sacher, 27, and Roychagia, 20, exchanged vows in a marriage ceremony at the sprawling refugee camp in Idomeni. Although the young couple could never have imagined the journey to Germany to escape the Syrian civil war would lead to them beginning their new life together as husband and wife in a tent with dirt under their feet, they were filled with joyous emotions and hope for their future together. They simply couldn’t wait any longer to declare their love for one another, Sacher explained in a phone interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency: “We have been in Idomeni for roughly one and a half month, and we decided not to wait for other [month] and to stamp our love in this symbolic way.”
For the ceremony, Sacher dressed himself in his best clothes and the bride dressed in a beautiful white gown. The union was made even more special by all of the effort put into making the ceremony perfect for the bride and groom. It took the help of many fellow refugees in the camp as well as volunteers who oversaw the wedding details. Everything was looked after from the wedding dress, bouquet and nuptial cake, to the rose petals that shaped a big heart on their tent’s mat.
The wedding has renewed a sense of hope in the two Syrians who already had to endure so much in their young lives. As they speak of their new life together they remain positive and focus on all they hope to accomplish.
“Together we will continue [on] until we achieve our objective and we begin a new life in Europe, far away from the bombs. A life that will give us the right dream,” Sacher said.