KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Syrians in Kansas City are concerned for the safety of their loved ones in the Middle East including one mans who says his sister is on the run.
Fadi Banyalmarjeh says the situation is so devastating that the people have been given no choice but to ask for help.
Banyalmarjeh says he watches the different television stations in the Middle East and uses a Syrian Revolution Facebook page “Voice of the Revolution,” to try and stay informed about what is going on minute-to-minute.
He has a wife and six children safe in the United States, but says but his sister and cousins’ homes are in the eastern side of Damascus.
"Always the communication is initiated by her because she is constantly on the move," Banyalmarjeh said. "They live in the area where the chemical attack took place."
He said his family is okay for now.
"The way they live is, they have hope that it will end soon. Living is very difficult. In fact, you sleep and you don't know if you are going to wake up or not because there are rockets, there are killings,” Banyalmarjeh said. “So you sleep and you pray that you and your family will survive until the next day."
CNN obtained exclusive video that shows mass graves popping up in the outskirts of Damascus. It also shows one man’s self-made gas mask fashioned from an old cup.
Banyalmarjeh showed us the Syrian flags that he keeps in his home and says the people are fighting for civil rights and to have a better life.
"The people want democracy. They want better living standards. They want to be able to live with dignity," he said.
He says while global forces decide how to help, he knows he doesn't want to see anyone else die.
"No boots on the ground are needed. We do not need any American casualties. The Syrian people just want a no fly zone and a targeted missile attack," Banyalmarjeh said.
A peaceful protect against the use of chemical weapons is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the fountain in Mill Creek Park on the Plaza from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
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