06 Sep '15, 7am

Syrian refugees find rare path to Chicago

For nearly four years, Fatima and Fadi Adris and their family have been fleeing the brutal civil war in their native Syria. Before their world collapsed around them, they were living happily in Homs, the nation's third-largest city, where they met, were married and had their first child. They made a good home for themselves. He worked as a painter. She went to school to learn English. But in 2011, that all ended. "We were sitting in my house when ... it was destroyed over our heads," said Fadi Adris, recalling the bomb that leveled the family home. So began their desperate flight to safety. At once shocking and all too familiar, their harrowing story of bombings, executions and refugee camps before finding a safe haven in Chicago is just one of thousands coming out of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the Middle East and Europe. The three-generation family fled to Damascus...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/syrian-refugees-find-rare-...

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