The dozen passengers inside the bus that will take them from Beirut to Raqqa, Syria, look somber before their departure.
Due to clashes, the poor state of the roads and difficulties in ISIS areas, the travel time from Beirut to Raqqa has tripled from its original seven hours. (Nicolas Lupo Sonnabend/ Al Arabiya)
They return to their homeland to visit relatives, and to bring them money and goods that are impossible to find there. (Nicolas Lupo Sonnabend/ Al Arabiya)
Buses to Raqqa leave from Charles Helou station every other day, and vans do the same route the rest of the week. (Nicolas Lupo Sonnabend/ Al Arabiya)