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Moved by refugee experiences

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Westwood students host fundraiser St. James students are leading the way onstage in a choral and dance fundraiser in support of Winnipeg refugees. Westwood Collegiate is hosting the event, called Rise: A Showcase in Aid of Refugees, with Grade 12 student Matt Koldon at the helm. He began to organize …

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Virtual run fundraises to bring Syrian refugee to N.B.

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A group in Rothesay, New Brunswick, is using the province’s first Family Day holiday to help bring a young Syrian refugee and her family to the province. Noor Ogli was a law student when her school was bombed and she was forced to flee Syria. She is now wheelchair-bound in Turkey, …

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Rohingyan refugee pleads for Australia’s permission to speak to EU

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A Rohingyan refugee living in Australia is pleading with the Australian government to grant him a travel document allowing him to speak at the European parliament about the persecution of his people. Habiburahman – who goes by only one name – arrived in Australia from Myanmar, which was then known as …

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Jolly Bimbachi, mother held by al-Qaeda affiliate, returns to Canada

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The tears started almost as Jolly Bimbachi stepped off the airport escalator and into the waiting embrace of her daughter. “You smell like Syria,” said Rayenne Annous​ with a laugh, burying her face into her mother’s chest. “So relieved.” After months apart, Bimbachi is back with one of her children following an unsuccessful attempt to …

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Gender persecution the top reason women seek asylum in Canada

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Halyna Holovata used to dread the days her husband would return to their home in western Ukraine after long stints working abroad. He would beat and verbally abuse her, and sometimes their two children, she said. On several occasions she was so badly injured she had to be hospitalized. She said …

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Syrian newcomers tackle guilt and pain at travelling wellness workshop

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The program caters to newly arrived Syrian women struggling with the guilt and trauma of leaving home. Samira Adamo packed lightly when she left Al-Hasakah, Syria, in September 2016. Her home was becoming increasingly volatile; any moment, she said, the entire city could fall apart. She left much of her furniture, …

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1 in 6 female asylum seekers fleeing gender-based persecution

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Deka and Khadija still have scars on their faces and heads from the beatings they endured at the hands of their husbands in Djibouti — and it’s why they hope Canada will allow them to stay here as refugees. They’re not alone. A CBC News investigation reveals one in six female …

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Acceptance rate for asylum seekers in Canada at a 27-year high

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Canada is accepting a higher proportion of asylum seekers than it has at any time in nearly three decades, a CBC News investigation has found. CBC obtained almost 90,000 asylum claim decisions made by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada between January 2013 and September 2017. The decisions indicate where each asylum …