Syrian Refugee Accepted At Georgetown University In US

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

This is the viral moment a Syrian refugee tortured by the Assad regime shouts for joy after being admitted to Georgetown University in the US capital.

Omar Alshogre, a protester of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, posted the video on Twitter where it is has been seen 160,000 times.

He wrote alongside: “We deserve a moment of happiness. I’m officially admitted to Georgetown University (Washington DC).”

Alshogre was among the130,000 Syrian activists imprisoned during the uprising, finding himself detained on seven different occasions from 2011 until 2013.


Alshogre claimed he suffered torture techniques and was forced to go without food for long periods of time. Two cousins arrested with him reportedly starved to death.

He himself weighed only 35 kilogrammes when he was released from prison.

The country’s Network for Human Rights said that around 14,000 detainees from this period were killed.


Alshogre’s mother reportedly bribed an official for his prison release and the family then escaped to Sweden.

Alshogre, who has testified against the Syrian regime to war crimes prosecutors, has since been accepted at Georgetown University in the US.

After the good news, he said: “Every step I am taking, I am showing the Syrian regime that they could not break me.”

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