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Man Who Escaped Syria with Family: Experienced Conflict First Hand

A man who managed to escape Syria with his family a year ago and has experienced the conflict first hand.
A man who managed to escape Syria with his family a year ago and has experienced the conflict first hand.

"For 2 1/2 years I lived in constant fear."

Like so many Syrians, this man is just one of many that have fled the war ravaged country to save his family.

"We were bombed by the regime.  We lost our house.  We lost our business and we just salvaged what we could and then we had to leave."

To protect his identity he asked to blur out his face but he was determined to share his message.

"I may hide my identity but I cannot hid the truth, it's so painful."

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency nearly 2 million people have fled Syria in the last 12 months.

"It's not safe for me even here to have my identity because I still have loved ones overseas and if they find out who my relatives are, they can kill them."

Syrian born but educated in the United States, he moved to America in 1991 for college and became a US citizen shortly after.  He then moved back to Syria with his wife and 4 children in 2008, just 3 years before the 2011 protest which quickly escalated into a civil war.

"We don't even get to see the fraction of the truth of what's happening in Syria."

In September of 2012, he was kidnapped by rebels and forced to pay $15,000 dollars ransom before being released.  Scared for his life and his family's, they fled 1 month later crossing into Turkey and flew back to the United States. They relocated outside of Green Bay where they had relatives.

"It was a very hard decision especially because I had to leave behind my mother."

Bombings and slaughter have been a daily occurrence he says for the last few years under the Assad Regime.  He says the August 21st attack outside Damascus that left more than 1,400 people dead, 400 of them children was just one massacre of many.

"I would think chemicals are probably a relief compared to slaughtering people's throats and enjoying every bit of it."

A year later, he still fears for the family he left behind and hopes the United States will step in and take down the leader who's destroyed his country.

"This man is against the human rule so why would anyone like this person?"

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