Sayid, a twenty-four year-old Syrian refugee, arrived in the US less than ten days ago after lastly being permitted for entry. Sayid and his cousin Nizar had been on a waiting checklist for more than a 12 months. The cousins fled the Syrian city of al-Raqqa in early 2014, leaving behind greater than a dozen family members who, at the time, believed an finish to the brutal civil warfare, which has engulfed the nation since 2011, was on the horizon.
Sayid stated it’s unlikely his household will be capable to come to the U.S. anytime quickly. But, he stated, he’s sending them “a couple million dollars” to assist out. “I hope they’ll use it to soundly get out of Syria,” Sayid said.
In the meantime, Sayid informed FOX 13 Memphis, he and his cousin plan to use the Powerball winnings to buy an condo complex in the Munford area. “We want to have a spot the place we are able to live peacefully,” Sayid mentioned, referring not solely to himself however to different refugees arriving in america from Syria.
Whereas grateful to be in the U.S. and out of harm’s approach, Sayid mentioned he knows many Individuals are terrified of refugees coming from Syria. “We’re just individuals,” he mentioned.
“Now we have jobs, we’re college students, we now have families. Similar to you, we want to have an excellent life. But because of Assad and the Islamic State, we can’t have that in Syria.”
Based on Tennessee lottery officers, Sayid has opted to obtain his winnings, totaling $312 million, in one lump sum.