October 10, 2014 7:20 pm
It’s been a year since Fadi Yacoub and his family fled from war-torn Syria to Lebanon.
Once in Lebanon they applied for refugee status, and a year later Calgary is their home.
Yacoub says the year-long wait was well worth it.
“I’m happy that I’m here,” he says. “I want a good future for my kids; it’s been four years that they didn’t go to school. “
There are currently more than three million Syrian refugees in the world, a number that climbs daily.
Yacoub’s wife, Ralda, knows how lucky her family is.
“Canada, I heard from a lot of people that it’s a safe place, “says Ralda. “Thank god now that I’m here, I feel like my life is back again.”
While the family is grateful, the transition from Syria to Canada has had its challenges. Their daughter Perla is still adjusting to life in Calgary. Continue reading