First Syrian family to be relocated to US under 'surge' resettlement operation prepare to leave

Amman(Jordan):The first Syrian family to move to the US under its speeded-up "surge" resettlement operation has left Jordan for the United States.

Ahmad al-Abboud, his wife and five children, are to leave on Wednesday for Kansas City in Missouri.

Al-Abboud says that "America is the country of freedom and democracy ... We are looking forward to have a good life there."

Syrian refugee Ghufran Ahmad, 5, writes on a board while she and other children attend a class at a makeshift school set up in a tent at an informal tented settlement in the Jordan Valley, Jordan, Thursday, March 31, 2016. AP

Syrian refugee Ghufran Ahmad, 5, writes on a board while she and other children attend a class at a makeshift school set up in a tent at an informal tented settlement in the Jordan Valley, Jordan, Thursday, March 31, 2016. AP

In February, a temporary "surge" center was built in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to speed up the resettlement process and help meet a target set by President Barack Obama to resettle some 10,000 Syrians to the United States by Sep. 30. Every day, some 600 Syrians are interviewed in the center.

Jordan hosts around 635,000 Syrians registered with the UN Refugee Agency after fleeing Syria's civil war.


Updated Date: Apr 06, 2016 18:10 PM

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