Syrian refugee whose story went viral on Humans of New York gets special invitation from Obama.

Syrian refugee whose story went viral on Humans of New York gets special invitation from Obama.
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Refaai Hamo is a Syrian refugee who recently resettled in Michigan. Three years ago, a missile struck his home and killed seven of his family members, including his wife and his daughter. He was working construction when the missile hit, which he did at nights to pay for college. With his other daughter and his son, Hamo moved to Turkey, where he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, but couldn't afford treatment.

Hamo's story of unimaginable hardship and resilience was shared on the popular photo blog Humans of New York, where it inspired thousands, including President Obama. POTUS even left a comment on the Facebook post.

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As a husband and father, I cannot even begin to imagine the loss you've endured. You and your family are an inspiration. I know the great people of Michigan will embrace you with the compassion and support you deserve. Yes, you can still make a difference in the world, and we're proud that you'll pursue your dreams here. Welcome to your new home. You're part of what makes America great.

To honor what Hamor went through, and his future contributions to America, the Obamas invited Hamo to the State of the Union address. Here is the heartbreaking story that moved Obama, as well as hundreds of thousands of Facebookers.

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(1/7) “My parents were supportive of my education, but they didn’t direct me. My father was a farmer and my mother was...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

(2/7) “Our marriage wasn’t arranged. We married out of love. We met when we were students at university. She was...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

(3/7) “I built this compound for my family. I saved the money for it, I designed it myself, and I oversaw the...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

(4/7) “I was overseeing a project outside the city when the missile hit my house. Nobody was around to help, so my son...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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(5/7) “Everything that wasn’t destroyed in our house was stolen over the next two days. We left with nothing. I can’t...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

(6/7) “I had no problems before the bombing. I think the cancer came from my sadness and my stress. It’s in my...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

(7/7) “I still think I have a chance to make a difference in the world. I have several inventions that I’m hoping to...

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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