The deadly scene in Syria is hitting some here in the tri-state. A University of Evansville student is probably watching the events closer than others because he was born in Damascus, Syria's capital. While everyday away from home is difficult, he says he does not support America or any other country stepping in to Syria's civil war. Bombs...bullets and lives lost...for many, these images are hard to watch but for Ghaith Safi, every report could contain information about his relatives. "Everyday I watch the news it kills me. Sometimes you might know these people or your friends know them or something so it makes it even harder, " Safi says. Safi is a Sophomore, majoring in Civil Engineering, he lived in Damascus for 16 years. "It kills me when I try to call someone and they don't answer because I worry, I start worrying like is there something happening. Syria is in a dark place right now, like we don't know where we're going next, regardless if the regime stays or if it falls down, it's just terrible because the regime might be better than other people but at the same time, the revolution is not doing a good job so they're both just terrible," he explains. But this is a home-grown problem Safi says, that needs no outside help. He tells us, "I think if they go in, they'll make it worse, they did it before and they'll probably do it again." Imagine this as your home, and you're thousands of miles away trying to get an education. Safi says, "Sometimes I'll be in calls and stuff and I'll hear some news and I have to check my phone, the teachers don't like this but I mean I can't I have too! Any Syrian could be in that situation at any second." A native Syrian and an American, who's carrying a heavier load than just books and homework. Safi says he fears Bashar al Assad did use chemicals on his own people. But once Safi graduates, he plans to take his Civil Engineering degree back to Damascus to rebuild his country.
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