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Syrian family's new challenges in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:35

A Syrian refugee family who has relocated to Sacramento, California reflects on their former life in their home country. Zach Goelman has more.

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From Syria to Sacramento-Refugee Mohammad Abd Rabboh, his wife and two young daughters have escaped their war-torn hometown of Homs, arriving in the U.S. just six weeks ago. "The conditions that allow everybody to stay alive, which are taken for granted, are no longer there. We see weapons everywhere in the streets. We see war and fighting in every corner. And we have seen things that are difficult to describe. You'd be walking in the street and suddenly you see somebody shot in the head and falls dead right in front of you." U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, like the Rabboh family, next year. But after Friday's siege on Paris, where one of the suspects allegedly snuck into France along with Syrian refugees… 20 governors across the U.S. are speaking out against Obama's plan. Assistance groups now worry that that kind of anti-refugee sentiment will make parts of the country less hospitable for families like Rabboh's--- whose 8-year old daughter Sally finally has a shot at a normal childhood. "I still have problems with my oldest daughter. She wakes with night terrors. And when she has the night terrors she wets the bed." Rabboh's two daughters are in school now. Their mother Dania is…for the first time in years…no longer afraid to go outside.

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Syrian family's new challenges in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:35