Syria native describes family’s experience in the country

Posted at 11:28 PM, Aug 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-31 23:29:12-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) - Khalil Jabri moved to the United States from Syria for freedom.

"You feel like a human being. Over there, you don't feel like a human being," he said.

Jabri owns a business in Colonial heights and is proud of his accomplishments in America. But, he told CBS 6 he constantly thinks about his mother, brother and sisters who are still living in Syria.

"They're scared. They need help," he told CBS 6 News' Chelsea Rarrick.

Jabri said the claims of government chemical weapons attacks against it's people in the country has his family living their life in fear.

"I talked to my mother and brother and they say shh, don't say a word," he said.

He said there are times his family can't even go outside.

"I was talking on the phone a couple of weeks ago and I hear a bomb, and I ask what is that?" he said.

The Syria native has been following the recent events happening. He told CBS 6 he supports Obama wanting to take military action. But, he said he understands others are against it.

"Everybody needs help. The people of Syria need help," he said.