DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - As the unrest in Syria worsens, a local man worries about sending his parents back to their native country.
Dr. Opada Alzohaili spoke to 7 Action News from his medical offices in Dearborn. He brought his parents to the U.S. two months ago as the violence escalated. But on Wednesday they will return home to Damascus despite the recent alleged chemical attack on Syrian civilians.
"They want to go back, they feel that's home for them," said Alzohaili. "Whatever the situation is, they say 'If we need to die, then we will die at home.'"
Alzhoaili was born and raised in Syria, but he moved to America 22 years ago. Since then, he has visited his motherland nearly every year. The graphic images he now sees on the news are heartbreaking.
"When you see it in places where you were there before, or you have family members, it gets scary because you say one of these children could be mine," Alzohaili told Action News.
He is working with other members of the metro Detroit Syrian community to send medical supplies overseas, but has been met with several obstacles.
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