Mid-Michigan Families Back from War-Ravaged Lebanon

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

Meet John Abood. He's the newest member of the family. And in his three months of life, John's been through a lot.

"You could hear the bombs. You could feel them," mother Ruth Abood told News 10 Monday evening.

(You can see News 10's unedited interview with Ruth by looking at "Featured Videos" on the right of your screen.)

John was born in Lebanon. His new adoptive mother, Ruth, was there visting him before the family's adoption went through. That was a few weeks ago -- just as fighting enveloped the region.

"I was suppose to leave the morning they bombed. I had an 8 o'clock flight," Ruth Abood recalled.

What followed was a long wait.

"We weren't leaving until the babies left because we would never get back in," she said.

Then, after government intervention, a trip from war-ravaged Lebanon to Cyprus and on to Germany.

"There were many legs of the trip where I thought, 'This is it. We're not going beyond here,'" Abood said.

Then, Monday, arrival on U.S. soil in Detroit.

"I can't believe that I'm home," she said.

Home means seeing her husband Chris and plenty of extended family for the first time in weeks. A family together, finally, in the U.S. after weeks of violence and uncertainty.

"It's definitely something that's going to stay with him the rest of his life and with us the rest of our lives. Just makes us all that more thankful to have him," said John's father, Chris Abood, who left Lebanon just before the fighting began.

Thankful to be sure -- but still mindful of those still trapped in the war zone.

"I was so sad to leave them. They took care of me. They were more worried about me and John than they were worried about themselves. And then one morning, we're gone. We're leaving," Ruth Abood said.

Whisked away thanks to the U.S. miltary and the intervention of Michigan U.S. Reps. John Dingell, Mike Rogers and Joe Schwarz, as well as Sen. Carl Levin.

"I thought, 'I'm just a spoiled American,'" Abood said, seeing how U.S. citizens in the region were taken care of. "And I've never appreciated that."


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