Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- As the debate over military action in Syria continues, one Midlands woman worries about her family living in Syria.
Manar Chabouq is a full-time Ph.D. student and part-time professor at the University of South Carolina. She teaches Arabic.
"I could tell you I'm afraid of the worst, but the worst is already happening in Syria," Chabouq said.
She is currently trying to reach her family there because she said she hadn't spoken with them since Aug. 29.
"When you cry every single day, and maybe scratch yourself until you bleed every single day, then after seven days you feel you can carry the pain inside of you," Chabouq said when asked if she had learned to deal with the pain.
Chabouq said it wasn't the first time she hadn't heard from her family for a period of time, and that once it lasted as long as 2-weeks before she heard from them.
The uprising in Syria is estimated to have claimed the lives of 100,000 people. Chhabouq said she was lucky so far because her family and friends aren't any of those killed.
"When I look at Syria now, especially after being away from it for two years, I can't understand what's going on," said Chabouq.
Most of her friends have already left Syria. She, herself, left the country for good in Aug. 2011, just four months after the violence started.
Her 55-year-old mother and 33-year-old brother still live in Syria.
President Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize a military action after what he said was the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
"It's not alive," Chabouq said, referring to the nation she left behind. "Everyone is just awaiting the salvation. Everyone is just waiting to just wake up to see there's no more killing, there's no more (Bashir) al-Assad, there's no more fighting."
Her connection to those in Syria was achieved by monitoring her Facebook feed, Chabouq said.
The U.S. prospect of U.S. military intervention left her split, Chabouq said.
"If this is leading to more destrcution, no. But if this is doing 1, 2, 3, I might. I can't say I might accept it. I might understand it."
Congress is expected to take up the vote on military action sometime next week.