Local Syrian refuge hopes USA ends the war in Syria

Posted at 10:40 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-08 00:40:32-04

A Syrian refugee family here in the Treasure Valley is reacting to the latest developments in their home country. They've only been in the U.S. for less than a year but they hope yesterday's missile attack on an airbase means they'll be able to return home soon. Assma Alothman and her husband greets their three young children at the bus stop near their home in Boise, It's a stark difference from their previous home in the Syrian city of Aleppo. There, their kids couldn't go to school because of the civil war. 

"Because of the war, we lost everything we had. We lost our car, our shop everything," said Assma Alothman speaking through a translator. 

Just 8 months ago the family arrived in Boise as refugees. With the war reaching their doorstep, Assma feared for her children so they left their friends and family behind. 

"When I was there, there was attack by plane. Now with the chemical even he's stopped the clear air for the people," said Assma. "I was thinking if one of my children died in front of my eyes what would happen to me."

With the United States attacking the Assad regime air base with a missile barrage, Assma hopes the U.S will end the war in her home country and allow more refugees to enter the United States. 

"I wish there was no chemical weapons at all in Syria and I wish for USA to stop the war anyway," said Assma.
They hope to one day return to Syria once the fighting stop, but for now, they're grateful and happy to be living in Boise.