Syrian Civil War Hitting Close to Home for Some QCA Residents
Dr. Walid Alshaikha is a Syrian-American who has been working and living in the Quad Cities now for over 10-years, but he has family in Syria.
He hasn't been in contact with his parents in over a month due to recent turmoil in that country and he's very worried.
"It truly breaks my heart that there's a very good likelihood that my parents are not going to see my kids anymore," he said.
With thousands of people now reported dead he says he's always expecting the worst because he's already lost family members of his own.
"I already lost a cousin not too long ago. About a week ago my cousin lost his brother in law which was the second parent that two children lost because their mother died just a few months ago in an explosion in the building where they live," he explained.
And he says things aren't getting any better:
"The saddest thing is that I know from what I hear what I see that this is just a small portion of what's really going on and it's even worse than what you see on TV."
Although it's tough, Dr. Alshaikha says he stays hopeful.
"It is hard on us, can you imagine how hard it is on the people who are in the middle of it?," he said. "The people actually are hopeful which surprises me, and I think just to honor that fact I have to stay hopeful, that the right thing is going to happen."
Mosques in Bettendorf and in Moline are organizing several different ways to help those in Syria.
If you would like to help, you can contact the mosques for more information: