Local Syrian wants U.S. to help with crisis

Local Syrian wants U.S. to help with crisis

MARTINEZ, GA (WFXG) - Mohamad Jamal said he remembers growing up in Damascus, Syria.

"It was very warm and very nice," Jamal said.  "Lots of nice culture, regarding foods, regarding greetings, regarding life. It's a very beautiful country and a very beautiful city."

However, now, when he turns on the television, he's sees a place much different from the one he grew up in.

"I feel very sad. I feel a big part of me, myself, as being lost and damaged and hurt," Jamal said. "Syria is not only, Damascus is not only, the land for me, it is history."

He came to the United States 13 years ago and has lived in Augusta for over a year. He has relatives that still live in Syria currently, among the devastation, and wouldn't give us his last name for fear they may be targeted and killed.

"I have lots of concerns about them. We exchange news every other day."

That news includes the current battle between President Obama and Congress over whether or not to launch an attack on Syria.

This comes after new evidence surfacing in the past week, which President Obama said proves al-Assad recently used chemical weapons to kill more than 1400 people, according to White House figures.

"It's sad to see those people and to see those beautiful sites being destroyed for the sake of power."

Mohamad Jamal said he doesn't speak on behalf of the Muslim community in Augusta but he supports President Obama's push to get congress to back a military strike on Syria.

"As an American, I would like our president to show the world that the United States is not Afraid to put an end to such brutal regime, who used chemical weapons against his own people," Jamal said.