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How it feels to be a Syrian immigrant in America

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Khaled Zarzour came to Chicago on a visit from Syria in July 2012.  His parents, worried for his safety, begged him not to return to Damascus. He hasn’t been back since.

In this video, we see Khaled shortly after his arrival in Chicago, and then again today. Khaled describes the gratitude he feels toward America for offering him a home and enabling him to build a new life. But he also shares the guilt he feels at leaving his fellow countrymen. A part of him still wishes he never left Syria. One day, he says, he will return.

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