“Everyday have bad news for my country. Brother dead. Cousin dead. Every day. Sometimes I am scared [of] my phone,” said Muhamd Asliman, a father of four. He and his family came to Canada from a refugee camp in Jordan a year and a half ago.
Last week, Muhamd learned that his younger brother had been killed by a bomb from a plane flying over Damascus.
Muhamd says his brother was working as a truck driver to support his wife and four young children.
“And after that the plane everywhere have bomb. And friends call family your brother dead. Now I don’t know how can … it’s my brother dead. He have four kids. Don’t have anything now for them. Need for rent. Need for eat. It’s everything difficult,” he said.
Muhamd and his wife Magda have come a long way since escaping the same war four years ago. They arrived to Canada with only the clothes they were wearing and unable to speak any English.
Eighteen months later, they have made a home in a two-bedroom apartment in Lavallee.