Fouad Faris, 19, sits at his computer in Shrewsbury, MA, video chatting with his sister, Rama, who is in Turkey. Faris wears a neck brace because he is recovering from a biking accident.

Fouad Faris, 19, sits at his computer in Shrewsbury, MA, video-chatting with his sister, Rama, who is in Turkey. Faris wears a neck brace because he is recovering from a bike accident.

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Fouad Faris in the Damascus countryside, before he fled Syria for refuge in the United States.

Fouad Faris in the Damascus countryside, before he fled Syria for refuge in the United States.

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Fouad Faris' Syrian passport. He left Syria in August 2012.

Fouad Faris' Syrian passport. He left Syria in August 2012.

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Since leaving Syria, Fouad Faris has stayed with his aunt and uncle, who live in a Massachusetts suburb and left Syria more than 20 years ago.

Since leaving Syria, Fouad Faris has stayed with his aunt and uncle, who live in a Massachusetts suburb and left Syria more than 20 years ago.

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Fouad Faris with his cousin, Ayla, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Fouad Faris with his cousin, Ayla, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

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Fouad Faris carries a Free Syrian Army flag at a protest in Washington, D.C. against the Syrian military's use of chemical weapons.

Fouad Faris carries a Free Syrian Army flag at a protest in Washington, D.C. against the Syrian military's use of chemical weapons.

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