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President Obama Left A Wonderful Comment To A Syrian Refugee On Facebook

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Via Getty Image / Humans of New York

On Wednesday evening, the Humans of New York Facebook page lit up with warmth. The focus of this photo is an unnamed Syrian refugee, who will soon make his way to America. The man, a PhD-holding scientist and inventor, currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey. He recounted a tragic tale of how his home was bombed during the civil war. The event killed the man’s wife and step-daughter (and the details may make you weep), which also led to subsequent health woes from sadness and stress. The man expressed his hopes and dreams after learning he was approved to enter America:

“I still think I have a chance to make a difference in the world. I have several inventions that I’m hoping to patent once I get to America. One of my inventions is being used right now on the Istanbul metro to generate electricity from the movement of the train. I have sketches for a plane that can fly for 48 hours without fuel. I’ve been thinking about a device that can predict earthquakes weeks before they happen. I just want a place to do my research. I learned today that I’m going to Troy, Michigan.”

In response, President Obama signed into his personal account and greeted the man with a resounding welcome:

“As a husband and a father, I cannot even begin to imagine the loss you’ve endured. You and your family are an inspiration. I know that the great people of Michigan will embrace you with the compassion and support you deserve. Yes, you can still make a difference in the world, and we’re proud that you’ll pursue your dreams here. Welcome to your new home. You’re part of what makes America great.”

This comment runs parallel to Obama’s articulated stance on the Syrian refugee crisis, and will surely go a long way to make this man feel welcome in America.

(Via Humans of New York)

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