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Local Syrian Sparks Resident Helps Family Members

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The violence in Damascus is a long way from Sparks, Nevada. Nearly 6,000 miles actually. But the emotional pull for Mo Shamry is strong. He is from Syria and still has family there. In fact he just returned from a month long trip to Egypt to secure safe passage to get family members out.

"It was a very long trip," he says. "I took my 4-year old Zane to see his grandmother. And the travel time alone was like 24 hours to get there. But it was worth it. I haven't seen my mother in 2 years and it was so great to see her. She has some medical problems that we were able to take care of too."

Just getting passports was the first hurdle to clear.

"In normal times passports are like maybe $30. But now everyone wants to get out of Syria so you have to bribe the officials to get one. We paid like $400 for each passport!"

And that was just the beginning. With airline tickets, and moving expenses he says they spent close to $10,000.

Mo is a pharmacist and while he was there he was able to volunteer a couple of weeks time in a free Syrian clinic some of his friends had set up in Egypt.

"It is almost like a little Syria in Egypt and I was very happy to be able to help," he says.

Mo says everyone is concerned about the use of chemical weapons in Syria and that the people aren't seeing the support they'd hope to get from the international community.

"It has been three years," he says. "That is a very long time. People are tired. All they want is peace."

Mo is currently going back to school to become a teacher and hopes eventually to move his young family back to Egypt to be near the family he's helped keep safe.

Written by Erin Breen

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