Dayton transplants worry for their native home of Guam after NKorea threats

Dayton transplants worry for their native home of Guam after NKorea threats (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Even though Guam is 7,600 miles away from the city of Dayton, the aftershock of growing nuclear threats leave many here feeling helpless.

Destiny Siguenza and Luvy Sannicolas find comfort in their culture, proudly flying Guam’s flag in west Dayton

"My whole family, my culture, my entire roots, everything is there," Siquenza said.

These Chamorro cousins can't shake that uneasy feeling, knowing their island is at risk.

"We worry more here, I know I do," Sannicolas said. "I can't sleep at night; I break down at my job."

Her mother and siblings still live in Guam.

With the escalating nuclear threat from North Korea, Sannicolas said her family tries to stay calm.

"Honestly the families on the island, they're optimistic about the outcome," Sannicolas said.

Siguenza said her immediate family acts the same. She said the confidence is rooted in the territory's history.

"Since I was a kid they always told us that North Korea wanted to take out our entire island," Siguenza said.

The 160,000 American citizens living on the island are preparing for a strike. Something impossible to fathom, so far from home.

"I'm here and I really feel helpless," Sannicolas said.

These cousins can only pray the rhetoric between leaders is just that, hoping President Donald Trump considers the lives at risk.

"The only thing I can ask is respond as though your family is there," Siguenza said.

Destiny and Luvy maintain faith, trying to find relief through Guam’s proud island heritage.

"I love my family and my island so much and if something were to happen it would be devastating," Siguenza said.

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