Newlywed couple takes wedding photos amid backdrop of Syrian ruins

Amidst heavily damaged buildings in the war-ravaged city of Homs, Syria, one couple decided to use their city's ruins as a bittersweet backdrop for their special day.

Newlyweds Nada Merhi, 18, and her husband, Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef, 27, posed for a series of pictures on Feb. 5 among the rubble of what is left of Homs' streets and buildings after years of civil war.

The Syrian wedding photographer who took the photos used the destruction of Homs to his advantage, "to show that life is stronger than death," according to AFP photographer Joseph Eid, who captured the scene.

Syrian Exodus as War Rages On
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