Syrian family marks 10,000 refugees resettled in the United States in 2016

Syrian family marks 10,000 refugees resettled in the United States in 2016

The family that helped the U.S. reach the 10,000 mark for Syrian refugees just settled in San Diego this past week.

Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, his wife, and his four children moved to El Cajon—just outside San Diego—this week. El Cajon is a community that has accepted Iraqi refugees, and more recently, Syrian refugees fleeing the war.

The goal to resettle 10,000 refugees a year was reached over a month ahead of time. Most of the refugees have been resettled to either California or Michigan. El Cajon, now an established refugee community, is home to many Arabic-speakers and now even some of the street signs are in Arabic.

For Jouriyeh and his family, the transition to America life fills the days with chores such as grocery shopping, setting up bank accounts, and getting new phones.

In 2014, the family left Syria for Jordan. This trip, which would take about 2 hours normally, took 3 days in order to successfully avoid arrest or injury. Jouriyeh said 80 people in his convoy were killed.

Despite the uncertain life of a refugee, Jouriyeh has only good words to share of his experience in America.

“The way they treat people and the people of America are very nice … When you go down the streets, everyone smiles at you. Even if they don’t know you, they just smile at you,” Jouriyeh said.

Jouriyeh didn’t say whether his family would ever go back to Syria, but right now his goals are to find a job, housing for his family, and to get his children enrolled in school: “We hope our children succeed in education and be able to have a good future here,” he said.

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Biker gang joins Kurdish forces to fight ISIS

Biker gang joins Kurdish forces to fight ISIS

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The Kurdish forces combating ISIS recently received aid from an unlikely ally: a Dutch motorcycle gang known as No Surrender.

Tattooed and muscled members of the group were pictured looking armed and dangerous in photos alongside Kurdish soldiers. The photographs circulated Twitter, receiving comments of public support as well as government concern.

Last month, Public Prosecutor Spokesman, Wim de Bruin, said the bikers’ decision to combat ISIS was perfectly legal.

“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” de Bruin told AFP. “You just can’t join a fight against the Netherlands.”

The bikers traveled to parts of Syria and Iraq, hoping to give the Kurds some much needed military support.