In it’s eighth year of the Syrian civil war and
after the closing of the borders between Jordan and Syria in 2015,
the re-opening of the Jaber-Nasib crossing between the two countries is experiencing a revival.
Since the 15th of October 2018 nearby shops have opened and loaded trucks with all sorts of
trade goods may line up again and, more surprisingly, many people are waiting to cross.
The border was closed in 2015 after the territory fell first to the Free Syrian Army & later to
Al-Nusra Front and it is not long ago that heavy fighting dominated the area during the
southern offensive. It is therefore hard to imagine that today Jordanians, Syrians and citizens
from other Gulf countries are entering a country that is now mostly under Bashar al-Assad’s control.
One could feel a sense of elation as people are waiting up to twenty-four hours to pass,
yet it is anything but a long way of getting back to normality. Alas the situation could change
anytime, people nevertheless are traveling. For some it’s a road trip via Damascus to Beirut,
for others it is the end of longing. A very small number of Syrian refugees dare crossing back
home into their war-torn country. Despite uncertainty and the many serious risks, a glimpse of hope remains.