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Lebanon: U.S. Dream keeps Hopes Alive for Syrian Family


When Syrian refugee Yaser, his wife Amani, and family heard media reports of anti-refugee sentiment among some quarters in the United States, they feared their 18-month wait to find refuge in the country that resettles more refugees than any other could go on indefinitely. But putting their hopes on a new life in the United States, away from the horrors of Syria’s war is the refugee family’s only way to escape the fear of the past and struggles of the present in Lebanon.

“We are running away from killings. Why would we go there to kill ourselves and others?” – Amani

The family seek a better life in the United States. There they can find safety, opportunity and a chance to contribute to their new American community. For now they wait, holding onto the idea that they will be welcomed with open hearts in the United States.

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