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President of Syrian American Foundation discusses refugees in the Tri-State

Mohammad Sheatt (FOX19 NOW) Mohammad Sheatt (FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A Syrian family that recently resettled here in the Tri-State area is too traumatized by what they went through in Syria to speak with the media.

Mohammad Sheatt is the President of the Syrian American Foundation and said he completely understands.

"They have no resources. No electricity, no water, no heat and gas,” claimed Sheatt. 

He said that is the life of many Syrian refugees.

Sheatt said he recently went to Turkey on a medical mission and that some of the stories told there were horrifying.

"People are drowning in the sea or walking on foot for long distances to get to a safe place for them and their families,” said Sheatt

He says his parents left Syria only six months ago from what they thought was a safe place, but even there were some of those same problems.

Sheatt stated that many Syrians who leave Syria, like his parents, are looking for a safe place.

"We definitely don't want to bring anyone here that has any relation or connection with a terrorist organization,” said Sheatt.

Sheatt also stressed that the process for refugees in the United State is not easy and can take up to two years.

He says what disappoints him the most is the stance some politicians are taking.

"Some of the officials that we look to as leaders are taking this knee jerk relation to the whole situation that happened in France," he said. 

Catholic Charities said that the process for Syrian refugees go through an extensive process to resettle in the U.S. 

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