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New Syrian Film Festival brings stories of people and of hope

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Syrian-born Siba Al-Khadour, has served as a board member for Toronto’s Syria Film Festival since its inception in 2015 and recently saw an opportunity to bring films to Waterloo. Al-Khadour is co-founder of Najda Now Canada, a refugee support organization in Kitchener and she had also been working with the …

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Syrian students share stories at Remembrance Day service

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Three Syrian refugees are hoping their stories of survival will resonate with their Canadian classmates and encourage them to appreciate freedom. Nour Albaradan, Mays Al Jamous and Abdul Mustafa shared their experiences fleeing war at the Sheldon-Williams Collegiate’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony Friday morning. “It’s very empowering for them because …

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Man walks free after taking refuge in N.B. church for 29 months

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After taking refuge in a New Brunswick church for 29 months, a Tunisian man is now walking free after his permanent resident application was finally approved. “I was more than surprised,” Mohamed Amine Maazaoui told CTV Atlantic. “Hope became true.” Maazaoui’s original claim to become a permanent resident of Canada …

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Star gift boxes make Syrian children escaping war ‘so happy’

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Muna Alasfoor and Mohamad Almobayed feel they still have much to learn after coming to Canada as Syrian refugees nearly two years ago. The couple arrived here from Syria via Jordan in February 2016, having fled Damascus, Syria’s capital city, where violence and conflict have been a constant threat for …

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Tech developers hope to reshape refugee experience in Canada

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He arrived in Montreal two years ago, after fleeing persecution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and subsequently South Africa – over his sexual orientation. After spending years on the run, he found work and stability elusive, even in the country that welcomed him. “It can be so …

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Canada deporting fewer people for terrorism, war crimes, crime

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A Jordanian citizen, Othman Hamdan worked construction in northern B.C. and, in his spare time, ran social media accounts that supported the so-called Islamic State and celebrated terrorist attacks in Canada. A hearing to decide whether Hamdan should be deported is planned but figures obtained by Global News show the …