ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) -
Alaa Alderie, 30, moved to Ballwin from Damascus last year. His brother moved to St. Louis two years before that. In Syria, they feared for their lives.
"I feel lucky to be here to be safe. I love St. Louis," Alderie said.
Some of his extended family still live in Syria.
"I spend days crying. It's very hard watching all that from far," Alderie said. "They are terrified. Most likely they spend most of their time at home. They don't go out."
He hopes Congress votes to take action in Syria.
"If we don't get any help from outside, the things in Syria will continue to be happening for much longer," Alderie said.
He says he understands why some Americans and members of Congress are against intervening because he disagrees with how President Obama handled the situation.
"I feel like if he started that from the beginning, like from two years starting telling the American people what is happening really in Syria he will get the approval from his people and from his Congress," Alderie said.
While he wants the U.S. and other countries to take action, some of his Syrian friends in St. Louis don't feel the same.
"You may have people's pride saying 'OK I don't want anyone to interfere in my business' but, at the same time you are losing children's lives and people's lives so why not to get help and save time and pain for people," Alderie said.
He says he would like to move back to Syria if and when there is peace but for now he is happy living in St. Louis, a city that has offered him a lot of opportunity. He owns a restaurant called "Layla Lebanese Restaurant."