“I have been sleeping here five days a week.”
Fadi had a bachelor apartment in a basement flat on the east side of Toronto, but had not been sleeping there often when I interviewed him. It was hot and sticky and buggy. There are spiders, not that he is afraid of spiders. Thankfully, he has a sponsorship group, concerned Canadians who brought him here, and a couple close friends from Syria who arrived before him.
“I don’t believe in communities,” he said when the mic wasn’t running, “I don’t want to deal with communities anymore. Now I deal with people on a person to person basis.” If I misrepresent him in the published interview, he won’t judge all Canadians for it, he says, just me.
When we spoke he had only been in Canada a few months and was looking for a steady job. Since, he has moved into a new shared apartment.
“I can’t say yet that I am fine. The IOM told me that if I come to Canada I will be fine, but as of now I don’t feel I can say I will be fine!”