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A Sparks Connection to Syria

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Mo Shamry grew up in Syria and has lived all over the Middle East. He loves to travel but has now moved his family to safety in Sparks. You see, President Bashar al-Assad destroyed his hometown of Deir Ezzor, near Damascus.

"He was angry and he sent all of his weapons and all of his tanks there and he destroyed our town," Shamry said. "My mother and my sister had to flee to a town about 150 miles away to be safe. And they had to leave everything behind."

One of Shamry's brothers was recently killed fighting in the Free Syrian Army.

"I asked him why he would fight, it was too dangerous, he could be hurt," Shamry said. "And he said to me that he only wanted to make things better for his children and for the next generation."

Shamry says that even though hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, the fight for freedom has to be done.

"The people of Syria are thirsty for freedom and they won't give up until they get it. The wars will continue from Tunisia to Egypt to Syria and beyond. People don't want to be slaves. They want to be free to say what they want about the government and the president."

Mo Shamry and his wife Dana, brought their young family to Sparks, where Dana's mother lives. They are safe here and Mo says that while he worked as a pharmacist in Syria, he has taken a job as a pharmaceutical technician here to be able to attend school. He hopes to become a teacher, like his wife, and continue travelling the world. And he says he hopes to visit Syria again, when things there are safe.

Written by Erin Breen

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