Here's what Obama had to say to a Syrian refugee featured on Humans of New York

Published December 11th, 2015 - 09:09 GMT
A Syrian father's tale of loss and hope on HONY got attention from the US president this week. (AFP/File)
A Syrian father's tale of loss and hope on HONY got attention from the US president this week. (AFP/File)

Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton has been around Jordan and Turkey documenting 12 Syrian families pegged for resettlement in America in recently. This week, one such story has caught the attention of US President Barack Obama. 

A series of photos tells the story of a Syrian scientist who lost his wife and daughter to a missile attack on his home in Syria. Having lived the last few years as a refugee in Turkey, the unnamed Syrian talks about the bombing at the compund he build for his family in Syria being killing seven members of his family. Then of struggling to survive in Istanbul, where Syrian refugees face problems aquiring work permits, medical care and schooling for children. He tells poignant details of a marriage based on love and of the cruel irony of being denied a job at a university in Isanbul where the curriculum included a book he authored. 

Of course, this is just one among tens of thousands of stories coming out of more than four years of conflict in Syria. But the way it's described reminds us (yet again) of the people behind the numbers. Here are the photos below, via HONY's Facebook page. 

 

 

(1/7) “My parents were supportive of my education, but they didn’t direct me. My father was a farmer and my mother was...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

 

(2/7) “Our marriage wasn’t arranged. We married out of love. We met when we were students at university. She was...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 

(3/7) “I built this compound for my family. I saved the money for it, I designed it myself, and I oversaw the...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 

(4/7) “I was overseeing a project outside the city when the missile hit my house. Nobody was around to help, so my son...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 

(5/7) “Everything that wasn’t destroyed in our house was stolen over the next two days. We left with nothing. I can’t...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 

(6/7) “I had no problems before the bombing. I think the cancer came from my sadness and my stress. It’s in my...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 

(7/7) “I still think I have a chance to make a difference in the world. I have several inventions that I’m hoping to...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015



Obama responded from his personal account on the last of the seven slides. And in the midst of the Trump madness sweeping America right now, it's a welcome reprise. Have a look below. Via Facebook.

 

 


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