So it's a relief and a delight to see this video, apparently from the southwestern Syrian town of Zamalka, that was posted online Monday by Syrian activists. The footage purports to show a father reuniting with his young son, who he thought had been killed, as thousands of Syrian children have been, in a recent attack by regime forces.
The man who first appears when the video opens isn't the father – he's someone else, perhaps another relative. It's not until a minute in that the boy's father appears, his face twisted in joy, running out of the house to see his son.
Even if you don't speak a word of Arabic, the family's body language says everything. There is a lot of crying and hugging and grateful recitations of the Takbir ("Allahu akbar!" or "God is great!"). If you can hold it together through all seven minutes, you're stronger than I am. But this video provides a welcome, if all too rare, moment of solace and joy in a war that has had precious little of either.