10,000th Syrian: Facts About Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh And His Family
The U.S. is about resettle 10,000 Syrian war refugees this week. Because of this, Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh and his family will soon be living in San Diego, California.Advertisement
Millions of Syrians have been trying to flee their war-ravaged homes since 201. Air strikes continue to occur, tearing families apart as they try to survive both shelling and destruction of their own homes. Just recently, a young Syrian boy died days after being rescued from the rubble with the rest of his family. Many also died as they try to leave homes by sea due to overcrowded boats sinking before they could reach the safety of the shoreline.
Indeed, Jouriyeh, a 49-year-old former construction worker who suffers from heart problems, is one of the luckier ones. He will be making his way to San Diego with his wife, 42-year-old Rajaa, and their four children. His oldest son, 14-year-old Mohammed, cannot wait to start a new life. According to a report from AP, he looks forward to attending school in San Diego and hopes to go to medical school when he gets older.
As Jouriyeh and his family make their way to their new home in the U.S., Alice Wells, U.S. ambassador to Jordan, wanted to remind everyone that the goals of resettling people fleeing their wartorn country and securing Americans at home don’t have to go against each other.
“Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny,” she explained.
Her remark comes as GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump claims refugees from Syria are a potential security threat. Nonetheless, the U.S. is sticking to its commitment and helping families like Jouriyeh find a better life. Aside from California, some of the Syrian families who will be resettled in the U.S. soon will also be headed to Virginia.
As for Jouriyeh, he takes the last step of his journey with mixed feelings. He said he feels both “fear and joy.”
“Fear of the unknown and our new lives, but great joy for our children’s lives and future.”