Syrian refugee welcomed with open arms to Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Syrian refugee welcomed with open arms to Michigan

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TROY, Mich. (WNEM) -

Syrian refugee Dr. Refaai Hamo was greeted by a warm round of applause.

Hamo is a scientist who lost two family members, his wife and daughter, during a bombing in the Syrian civil war. He was featured on the Facebook page Humans of New York.

His tragic story of loss touched millions of people like President Obama. In all, thousands of dollars were raised to bring Hamo and his four kids to Michigan.

Hamo suffers from stomach cancer and couldn’t get treatment as a refugee in Turkey.

“To those who are against refugees coming to the United States that’s their own business. Maybe they don’t understand what refugees are,” Hamo said.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters welcomed Hamo’s family with open arms.

“The United States has always served as a beacon of hope for persecuted peoples around the world. In times of difficulty and adversity, we cannot turn away from our shared values of freedom, opportunity, and hope. They are the light that guides our path forward. Nothing gives me more pride than welcoming a new American to our shores and a new resident to our state,” Peters said in a statement.

As for Hamo, he said he wants to live the rest of his life as a proud U.S. citizen.

“If they only call me a refugee and only treat me as a refugee, I don’t want to be here. I would rather go back than be called a refugee. I want to be a good citizen here,” Hamo said.

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