For Manar Angrini, Syria will always be her home country.
The University of Saskatchewan biology professor has lived in Saskatoon for the last four years, watching the war in Syria unfold from afar.
“I’m connected to every Syrian person in my country,” an emotional Angrini said Friday. “Whenever I see anybody attacked or killed, I can’t tolerate it.”
She said if the US missile strike stops Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Assad, it’s a necessary measure.
“I’m more angry about kids getting gassed or killed for no reason,” she said. “I wish somebody would’ve done this five years ago before Syrians had to flee.”
Angrini said he is now concerned about what Russia is going to do in response because of their friendship with President Assad.
“Russia is interested in Syria and won’t let the regime lose power,” she said.
Angrini noted she never used to be a fan of US President Donald Trump because of his involvement with Russia, and his measures to ban Syrian refugees, but the missile attack has made a difference.
“If he gets a solution for this war, my opinion will definitely change,” the professor said, adding she’s proud of Canada’s humanitarian contribution to the effort.
“We’re doing enough to help Syria because we accept them. Some other countries kick them out,” she said.