This is the first day of the new year. It will be like every other day of the past year - thousands, or perhaps even millions, of Syrians will spend the sad nights of winter in the cold with little food and blankets. Millions of others will spend their nights under temporary roofs in Syria, or in shelters across the world amid difficult circumstances as they face an unknown future. The situation for Syrians is like that of the Libyans and of residents in disturbed areas in Yemen and Iraq.
Despite that, amid the tears, destruction and fighting, we see a ray of hope with the beginning of this new year. There is a possibility of a solution in Syria and a project for a solution in Yemen. We've also heard calls for reconciliation in Libya. The invasion of the occupied Iraqi city of Mosul - which we've long awaited - may conclude with eliminating ISIS after two years of fear, chaos and terrorism.
Reality or mirage?
Is this a ray of hope or a mirage? We don't know, but the signs are positive and the promises are encouragingAbdulrahman al-Rashed