“Our ancestors were refugees long ago – people were always there to help them.” - Paul Waldner .
Paul is a member of the Hutterites, a minority religious group in Canada which stepped up to sponsor the Al Hamoud family, who are among more than 31,000 Syrians resettled in Canada over the last year. The young Syrian family of four spent three years in exile – and almost escaped by boat across the Mediterranean – until, finally, they learned that they would be resettled in Canada.
Paul’s daughter, Kayla, gave a graduation speech to members of the colony, months after the family arrived, in which she spoke of a life-changing experience. “I never, ever, in a million years, would have figured they would snuggle their way into my heart as easily as they did,” she told the audience.
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