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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Syrian woman living in Louisville says she's embarrassed to call herself Syrian because of the ongoing civil war. She still has friends living in the country and believes the violence and bloodshed is even worse than what's being reported.
"Yes, I'm very embarrassed. I'm very embarrassed to say I'm from Syria. Everyone is proud of their country," said Kathy Wells.
Wells describes a different country in a different time. She describes a peaceful childhood.
"I came from a good family," she said.
Wells raised her family in the United States and now calls Louisville home.
But she's remains in contact with her Syrian friends who have told her of the atrocities.
"They take a knife and cut his head," she said, recalling what happened to one victim.
He told me stories, I thought he was lying. I said, 'no way, no way that's happening in my country,'" said Wells.
However, most of her friends are living in fear. One of the biggest fears: being committed by the government.
But it would seem Syrians caught up in the conflict are reluctant to discuss it. Wells describes a recent phone conversation she had with a friend.
"I call one of my friends and he said, 'no everything is fine,' on the phone. And I said, 'no everything is not fine.' Go to my profile and see the picture. I mean kids are dying and kids are dying. And he said, 'no everything is fine.' He says, 'tell Mr. Obama not to come to Syria,'" Wells said.
Wells believes she gets a more truthful picture from friends she keeps in contact with via email and Facebook. They sent her pictures after the August chemical weapons attack.
"Those kids, they deserve to live. Those kids, they deserve to grow up," Wells said.
Wells is hoping for a diplomatic outcome but says President Bashar Assad is unlikely to step down without force.
"No, no, it's the power," said Wells.
And while Wells doesn't know what the solution is, she knows the outcome she wants: to be proud of her heritage once again.
"I'm too embarrassed to say I am from Syria like I used to do," said Wells.