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Since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, 11 million Syrians have been displaced, or about half of the entire country. Four million of them have fled across Syria’s borders, and 75% are women and children.

Canada banned Italian immigration in 1929, Jewish immigration in 1933. Neither group was admitted again for the next 15 years. The painful memory of that failure prompted us to accept Hungarian refugees in the 1950s and 50,000 Vietnamese refugees in 1979.

It is possible to resettle large numbers of people in this country.

Refugee Children

So far Canada has managed to admit around 25,000 people from Syria and will accept many more. The government will sponsor 40 for every 60 privately sponsored.

PEC Syria is sponsoring a Syrian Refugee family through the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge.

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Our Syrian friends have suffered a terrible loss this week. Three men, their cousins, were killed by a bomb. These men were also brothers, sons, and fathers. We also mourn, for their loss, their sorrow, and the tragic and horrific circumstances being experienced by their extended family in Syria. ...

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Big thanks to Lesley and Ekky Simla. We asked for a tv here a couple of days ago and they donated one for one of our recently arrived Syrian family friends. They are from Brighton, and as Ekky told me, have personal experience with being displaced in war. He was nine at the time and remembers it clearly. Majid, Bachar, Walaa and Alaa will be very grateful for the gift. ...

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Syrian FamiliesThe Al Jasem family enjoying the ‘spring’ County weather. The father of the family, Abdel Malek who is pictured here with other family members, sends this brief message on behalf of all their families:

“We would like to thank all of the people who have helped our family. We are happy to be here and look forward to getting to know the community. The children are very excited to go to school.”