The Abo-Nofals were all smiles at a recent event held to welcome them into our community. They are so grateful to everyone who has supported them, both in making it possible for them to come to the Valley and as they have settled in during the last two months. They are all busy learning English and making new friends.
They will be even happier in a few days when they welcome their old friends, the Al Halaaqs. They will be relieved, as will the Comox Valley Refugee Support Committee, that their friends have been able to leave the United Nations camp after many years and escape the present horrors of Syria. The Al Halaaqs, also Palestinian Iraqi refugees, have lived a few tents away from the Abo Nofals for the last two years and were forced to leave Baghdad four years ago.
The Al Halaaq family have seven children and all will be enrolled in schools in the Valley. Their rented home in Comox is almost ready for them. The community has been generous in providing furnishings and an older van for transportation. We are still looking for a computer and laptop. We also need winter clothing for the family and toys for the children; the girls are 7,9,11 and 14 and the boys are 12, 17 and 18.read more