January 11, 2016

Congressman Seth Moulton to Host Nine-Year Old Syrian Refugee at State of the Union Address

Boy lost both arms in regime airstrike on Syrian refugee camp, seeks asylum in US

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) will host a nine-year old Syrian refugee named Ahmad Alkhalaf as his guest during President Obama’s final State of the Union Address tomorrow.

When a bomb hit the Syrian refugee camp where Ahmad and his family were living, it killed three of his siblings and caused Ahmad to lose both of his arms. Ahmad and his father now live in the Boston area, where Ahmad has been receiving medical care from Boston Children’s Hospital. His mother and four other siblings are living in Turkey.

In a letter he wrote to President Obama, Ahmad tells his story and asks the President to consider the plight of other Syrian refugees and particularly children. “There are many children like me. Even if they did not lose their arms, then they lost everything else,” he wrote.

“No one should experience in a lifetime what Ahmad has experienced at just nine years old,” said Moulton. “His courage and commitment to creating a better world should be a lesson to us all. We have a moral responsibility to uphold our American principles and that means helping kids like Ahmad who are fleeing from violence. Ahmad’s story is an example of why we must not abandon our American values of hope and freedom.”

Ahmad will be accompanied by his father and Nadia Alawa, executive director at NuDay Syria, a New England-based NGO. Alawa will also serve as a translator for Ahmad and his father. U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants also played an important role in organizing and planning the family’s visit to Washington, D.C.

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