HYDERABAD: Thousands of miles away from home even as fresh airstrikes struck their homeland, Syrian students who have made Hyderabad their second home are angry but find themselves helpless.
With the US, the UK and France launching coordinated air strikes in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons, Syrian students here have only one question to ask: “Do you really believe we have chemical weapons? Had it been the case, would not we have given back a fitting reply in no time?”
Mohammad Nasem Aljorate, is another student at OU who is in the final semester of LLM - Intellectual Property Rights. He has not been able to contact his family after the attacks on Saturday and is hoping that it is only a connectivity issue.
However, fear and panic occurs every time something like this happens, shared the 26-year-old. “I am worried, but I also need to be patient until I reach them,” he said. While the disturbance has been ongoing for the last seven years, where there has also been a mass exodus of Syrians to other countries, these students have grown patient and shared that situations such as these are common now. They are confident that the war will end soon.
Nour Dergham, is a 25-year-old who is pursuing her second year in Astro Physics at Osmania University, a subject that is not taught in her country. The Syrian government, she says, encourages youngsters to travel to other countries and is here on a scholarship by the Syrian government. “I have complete trust in my government.
The Syrian Army too, I believe, is one of the strongest in the world,” she said.
However, they are appealing to the immigration department to help them extend their stay in the country so that they can pursue their studies further.