Greek government-chartered Eleftherios Venizelos ferry arrives at the Piraeus port in Athens on August 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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When the paths of an injured Syrian opposition activist, a disenchanted Kurdish youth and a regime loyalist converge on a ferry traveling across the Aegean Sea to Athens, they barely talk to each other.It's a painful symbol of the Syrian war that the three struggle to forget even now that they are literally in the same boat heading toward an unknown future.Jalal, who is 38 and comes from Deraa city where a pro-democracy uprising began in 2011, puffs a cigarette on the deck as night falls.Once known by activists as "the capital of the revolution," Homs has suffered some of the worst devastation and sectarian violence in Syria's war.Nechirvan leaves soon afterward, waving meekly as he joins his Kurdish friends on the top deck.Not all is rage on the ferry – there is also love.For Rana, who married her husband with little fanfare in the Greek island of Rhodes days before setting out on the next part of the journey to Mohammad's home in Denmark, the ferry trip is a "funny kind of honeymoon".Soon after dawn the ferry docks at Athens' Piraeus harbor, and the refugees go their separate ways.
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