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|Monmouth College Students Concerned About Syria
|The new crop of international students at Monmouth College is largely made up of people from a country that's been the focus of international news in recent weeks.
Of the 28 international students at Monmouth, 12 of them are from Syria. Several wanted to talk Tuesday about their home country, and their concerns that they may not get to go home for awhile.
One -- Jad Freyha -- has only been at Monmouth College for only a week. He tells WGIL the recent chemical attack that killed over a thousand Syrians near Damascus was hard to take.
"It makes my heart break. It's my country and I'm just witnessing it tearing apart and I can't do anything about it," said Freyha.
Does Freyha want to go back home despite the recent alleged atrocities?
"Of course I will always wish and hope that I go back. Maybe after finishing my degree in [Monmouth] things hopefully will have taken a peaceful route," says Freyha.
Samir Aljundi was one of those protesting the lack of democracy before being kidnapped, but eventually making it safely to Chicago, where his parents and siblings are now.
Aljundi tells WGIL he thinks U.S. military intervention is necessary, but needs to be targeted.
"I really want [the U.S.] to attack; I really want that," Aljundi said. "But, attack just the military buildings. We want [the war] to end. We want to finish this. Stop killing. Stop destroying buildings. And, I hope this will get [Syrian president Bashar al-Assad] dead."
Freyha also says he believes U.S. military intervention is necessary, because it might make a difference in giving the people of Syria what they wanted to begin with -- democracy.
|09 03 13 by Newsroom
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