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Best of 2018 — A helping hand, a welcoming community

Mahmaud AlTaani, left, and his father Mahmaed were still adjusting to life in Grates Cove when they spoke with The Compass in February 2018. The AlTaani family fled Syria six years ago and arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador the previous August.
Mahmaud AlTaani, left, and his father Mahmaed were still adjusting to life in Grates Cove when they spoke with The Compass in February 2018. The AlTaani family fled Syria six years ago and arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador the previous August. - -File photo
Journalist Andrew Robinson
Journalist Andrew Robinson

GRATES COVE, N.L.

It’s not often you get to speak with people in rural Newfoundland who have truly lived through dangerous times.

It was harrowing to hear the AlTaani family, with a limited but improving grasp of the English language, share their story of living in a Syrian city where going into the street was a risky move any given day.

They survived in an overcrowded refugee camp in Jordan – where life still wasn’t all that safe – and for years managed to make ends meet before finally leaving all the danger behind to come to Canada.

They were candid about the difficulties they encountered adjusting to a new life in a foreign land, and there were relatives left behind to worry about who were still in danger. But it was heartening, too, to hear first hand about the children making friends in school and feeling welcomed by the community at large.

It was a story worth getting out there and one I was very happy to share.

Story: Syrian refugee family adjusting to life in Grates Cove, Newfoundland (Feb. 27, 2018)

https://www.cbncompass.ca/news/local/syrian-refugee-family-adjusting-to-life-in-grates-cove-newfoundland-190306/

https://www.thecentralvoice.ca/community/the-best-of-2018-272149/

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