Local Syrians react to conflict in home country

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:


ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Local members of the Syrian community said the violence has to stop and they want the United States to step in with military action.

Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh spoke to an Alpharetta family who said they have lost so much while the world watched on the sidelines.

"The world is watching and doing nothing," said Hadil Saeb.

Saeb has been watching as well. News from the Middle East plays around the clock in her Alpharetta home.

At work, her husband Tareef constantly looks for updates online.

"We've been living in day-in and day-out," said Tareed Saeb.

They've lived the conflict in their homeland, Syria through family's Facebook posts, photographs and media reports.

"Something needs to happen. Something has to happen," said Hadil.

They hope that something is United States military action.

"The world has a responsibility when you see innocent people being killed," Tareef said.

The Saebs said most of their family is still in Syria, though many have fled to neighboring countries.

Much of their home town, Deir Ezzor, has been destroyed.

"Forget about the houses the streets," Hadil said. "He destroyed the people. The people are sad, the people are angry."

The Saebs place blame squarely on the shoulders of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Friday, the Obama administration pointed to evidence al-Assad recently used chemical weapons to kill 1,400 people, including hundreds of children, but the estimated number killed during the conflict far exceeds that -- among them, Saeb's 21-year-old nephew, gunned down by a sniper

"At what point (does) the world needs to say, 'Stop,'" Tareef asked. "What is the number? Is it a half million? Is it a million?"

"Sadness was the first year before you see all these people getting killed and raped," Hadil said. "Now it's anger."

This family knows there is strong opposition to U.S. involvement in Syria. They continue to pray for something to stop the violence.

"I think nobody cares. I don't think anyone cares," Hadil says.