Reunite A Refugee Family
Organized by: Timothy Holland
PLEASE HELP US REUNITE A SEPARATED REFUGEE FAMILY
[Note: family names and identifiers have been removed due to confidentiality and safety concerns]
The Transitional Health Clinic for Refugees, Nova Scotia, is rallying support for one of our families. About one year ago, we met a wonderful family who were new refugee arrivals to Canada. The family had lived through some of the most difficult challenges imaginable. The family consisted of a young daughter and adolescent son, a mother and grandmother. During the chaos in their home country, the father had been separated from his family and his whereabouts unknown. However, shortly after arrival in Canada, he was found alive in their home country. Unfortunately, the mother had been registered as a widow on arrival to Canada and therefore the father is not recognized by Immigration Canada. The family is desperate to reunite. The father is still living as a refugee abroad and his safety is precarious. The family cannot afford the legal fees or transportation costs associated with getting the father to the safety of Canada and the arms of his loved ones. Anything helps. As well, the mother is struggling to learn English as fast as possible in order to obtain employment to help with these costs. If you have any employment opportunity for an Arabic speaking woman (cleaning, cooking, anything), please let us know!
Below is a letter to you from the young daughter:
"Dear Mr. / Ms.
I am sharing my story with people who are so helpful and compassionate towards other. The reason for telling you my story is to be supported by the especial people who help me to achieve my goal and reach my dream like you. What is my dream? I wish to have my father here in Canada.
I am a six year old immigrant girl. My parents were in the same age when their parents immigrated to another country. They left everything behind for instance their wealth, their family in general, their job and etc to protect themselves and their children from any threat which could destroy the family because of war. Unfortunately it seems same story has been going on for long time because my parents’ country has been involve in war for long time.
I am a youngest child in my family who is suffering a lot because of missing my father since I born. My mother was pregnant when the separation between her and my father happened. My father was deported to our original hometown from the country which we were there as a refugee directly from his work place. For long time we did not have any idea about him until we heard from him when we were far enough which we could not reach each other. Since that time I had just one opportunity to see my father in oversea. He is a perfect father and an amazing support. I had a great feeling during one month which I was with him. It is a few months which we separated again. It is a pain in my heart which made me so sick. My fantastic doctor in Refugee clinic encouraged me to share my story and he is sure that many individuals are going to support my family to bring my father here.
However I am sure as well that people here are so helpful and kind. I am very young but I was in a few countries as a refugee and it was no respect until we arrived in Canada. Here is an amazing country. I feel here is my hometown and I am so peaceful and comfortable here. I wish my father was here. As I need him especially in this age. I need him to take care of me, take me to school, pick me up, buy a doll for me and a pink bed and tell me the story before I sleep every night. Parents are the best support for their kids but I missed one of them. It is not so distressing.
When we arrived in Canada we had an interview with the immigrant officer. The interpreter told the officer that my father passed away instead of telling them my father was lost. Therefore we should sponsor him to bring him here. However we need a lot of money for filling the application, hiring the lawyer, flight ticket and etc. How we can do it as we have no money. I wish Santa Claus could bring my father to me in this Christmas.
Please kindly anybody who can support my family does so to bring my father here.
I would like to thank you for your generosity and caring in advance.
With love, respect and best wishes for you and your family,
A lonely six year old girl who miss her father so much"