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Local Syrian-American Speaks Out About Civil War In Syria

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Dr. Walid Alshaikha is a Syrian-American who has been working and living in The Quad Cities now for over 10-years, but he has family in Syria.

He hasn't been in contact with his parents in over a month due to recent turmoil in the country and he's very worried.

"It truly breaks my heart that there's a very good likelihood that my parents are not going to see my kids anymore," he said.

With thousands of people now reported dead he says he's always expecting the worst because he's already lost family members of his own.

"I already lost a cousin not too long ago. About a week ago my cousin lost his brother in law which was the second parent that two children lost because their mother died just a few months ago in an explosion in the building where they live," he explained.@

And he says things aren't getting any better.

"The saddest thing is that I know from what I hear what I see that this is just a small portion of what's really going on and it's even worse than what you see on TV."

Although it's tough, he stays hopeful.

"It is hard on us, can you imagine how hard it is on the people who are in the middle of it? The people actually are hopeful which surprises me, and I think just to honor that fact I have to stay hopeful, that the right thing is going to happen."

If you would like to help people in Syria you can contact these local Mosque's for more information:

Muslim Community Of Quad City 

2115 Kimberly Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(563) 359-8123

Islamic Center of Quad Cities

6005 34th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 792-1690