Syrian student speaks out

By Alyssa Donovan

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- A Syrian college student said he feels it is time for the United States to get involved.

Jad Freyha, 19, is a sophomore at Monmouth College.

Freyha left Syria last year when the conflict between the revolution and their government, or the regime, began to escalate.

“In the last couple of years things have gone from bad to tragic," he said.

Freyha and his family had been living in Algeria since last September.

He just recently moved to the United States after contacting the U.S. International Education Center.

Freyha said since leaving Syria things have escalated very fast and he never expected that the revolution would warrant retaliation so violent from the regime.

"When it started we hoped that it would end peacefully with the regime stepping back and giving us the democracy we needed and we would all live peacefully," he said.

Freyha said every time the Revolution advances the Regime forces them back, killing hundreds of innocent people.

He said he feels the United States could make a difference.

“It would balance the scales a little bit but as I said I'm afraid it would taunt other sides to get involved as well," he said.

Freyha said he keeps in contact with his friends, some of whom are still in Syria, and others who have fled for safety.

According to the UN around 2 million Syrians have fled the country and more than 5 million are displaced within Syria.

"It's not anymore about who is going to win," he said. "It's not anymore about freedom or security or who's going to win or who's going to rule. It's about the innocent lives that have been taken these sacred lives. There has been a lot of bloodshed so far and genocides so I just hope for the best I only hope for the best. The Syrian people deserve better. They deserve better."

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