By Bill Shields

SHARON (CBS) – A young Syrian refugee is pleading with President Obama to allow more people from his country into the U.S. to rebuild their lives.

The 9-year-old has the irrepressible smile that most kids do at his age, but little Ahmad Alkhalaf has every reason not to smile.

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He lost his arms when a bomb hit the Syrian refugee camp where was living. He also lost two brothers and a sister that day.

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Ahmad, a Syrian refugee, signs a letter to President Obama (WBZ-TV)

Ahmad  signs a letter to President Obama (WBZ-TV)

But now he’s in New England with his father and is hoping for two things: prosthetic arms and for President Obama to read the letter he helped write.

Ahmad is hoping that America will allow more refugees into the country. The letter reads, in part, “…there are many children like me. Even if they did not lose their arms, they lost everything else. My dad tells me that I will build a new, free Syria with my voice. I like that. I want to tell Syrians about freedom. I want to tell the world about freedom.”

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He put the pen in his mouth and signed it and with his father watching, Ahmad said he likes America, he likes pizza and hopes to get new arms someday.

Bill Shields