Bassam Al Abbas does not like to think about the civil war raging in his home country of Syria.
The conflict, which produced nearly 5 million refugees and internally displaced millions more, also drove him and his family from their homes in 2012. For years they navigated foreign languages and vetting systems before eventually settling in Austin, Texas, in May.
“I cannot describe how much they welcomed me,” Al Abbas told Here & Now. “They made us love this country.”