Canada’s missing Syrians

A new piece of mine came out on Open Canada yesterday.

In the weeks and months that followed, a framed picture of the young family from Idlib would appear facing church pews, all the way in Toronto, every Sunday.

The congregation of Beaches Presbyterian had experience with sponsorship before. They previously helped a same-sex couple settle in Canada from Iran. But after a year there was no news of an arrival date. The congregation began to worry. When were Yassin, Nour and Ahmad coming?

This took a long time. I had a lot of help — three editors, nine translators, and a photographer. The last is the brilliant Maya Hautefeuille, whose work can also be found here, here, and here. I hope you enjoy our work. Yassin 2

Please share the piece as much as you are able. I will be trying my best to promote it in the next few weeks.

Hopefully not my last writing on this important topic.


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