A fragile already violated cessation of hostilities in Syria's war has now come into effect. Upon this delicate balance between war and peace hedges the memorials and the lives of millions of Syrians - those killed, those displaced and those emotionally and physically scarred under the wrath of war.
Yet, this morning's image in Syria of war-victim boys kicking a tattered soccer ball against a grayish background of bombed out and bullet scarred buildings, serves as a reminder of the destructive reality of war and its possible hopes of peace.
Therefore in light of the humanitarian failings of humankind that have allowed the Syrian war to rage for nearly six years - inflicting death to more than 250,000 people, displacing up to 12 million people and canceling thousands of childhoods, humanity is now given a second opportunity from which it could rebuild a nation - a people, and to affirm civilization in the Levant.
The task of peace is greater than that or war. Reports of violations of the ceasefire that took effect at midnight Syrian-time, serve as reminders of the concerted efforts and daunting sacrifices needed toward peace. But for now, at this hour, on this date and in this era - there is a peace in Syria.