Local Syrian Americans pray for peace

Hope for negotiation, not military action

INDIANAPOLIS - As tension over Syria mounts across the world, some local Syrian Americans still have hope for a peaceful resolution.

Many protestors took to the streets of Indianapolis over the weekend to voice their wishes for no military actions against Syria.

A 12-year-old girl led the protest against U.S. military action in Syria on Saturday.

Farah Louly is far from her Syrian home, but with the threat of American air strikes, she said she and her family will not return to the country any time soon.

“My feeling, I can't explain it because in my heart there are so many things that want medicine, but there's no medicine for that. We need peace. We don't want war," Louly said.

Farah’s relatives are a close-knit family of brothers, sisters, cousins and grandparents.

Many are new to Indiana, but Louly’s aunt, Fadwa Abbosh, has been here for 37 years.

Abbosh is a widowed mother of three and is afraid for both of her countries.

“I'm an American first, and I'm also Syrian. That's my home country. But why do we need more bloodshed from both sides," Abbosh said.

On Monday in Washington, 200 protestors rallied outside the White House against military action in Syria as a response to president Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons in the nation's bloody civil war.

While polls show there is little interest among war-weary American’s to get involved in another conflict, for Syrians in America, that prospect is painful and personal.

“Syria is our country. Syria is my country. Syria needs peace," Louly said.

President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

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