Nader and Omar are a Syrian couple that met in Istanbul, Turkey, as refugees. After living together in the city for over a year, Nader was then resettled to Bergen, Norway. Despite being engaged, the two may never see each other again, in the best case it would be years in the future.
Six months of uncertainty followed for Omar, stuck in Istanbul, until the call from the UNHCR finally came for him to join his fiancé in Bergen.
The pair were not allowed to marry in their homeland or in their temporary host country, Turkey, leaving their files separate. For a heterosexual Syrian couple, the situation would have been much easier, and months of worry, pain, and tears saved.
After lobbying the Norwegian authorities, the two made their case to Nader's social worker in Bergen, who helped push for Omar and him to be reunited.
This series of images follows the couple's relationship from Istanbul, Turkey in 2015 to Bergen, Norway in late 2016. A rare positive story from Syria's LGBT refugee diaspora, one with a happy ending. Love was finally won!