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Committee asks council for support in speeding arrival of sponsored Syrian refugee family

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

Bob Skene and Dr. Ghada Ibrahim presented to council on Monday on behalf of the Dryden Syrian Refugee Committee to give an update on their sponsored family and to ask for support.

The committee was formed over a year ago with the intention of bringing the Janbali family to Dryden. The Janbais are a family of 6, two girls and two boys, from Damascus, Syria.

The Janbali family fled to Iraq when the Syrian conflict intensified and they have been living in a refugee camp in Iraq for four years.

The committee said that once the federal government reached their 25,000 refugee goal the flow of incoming refugees slowed greatly, a reason for this being government staff doing the processing in the Middle East had been released.

The committee has been in contact with the family, sending financial help and photos of Dryden to keep their spirits up.

Ibrahim said that the process would take longer with the Janbali family because they are in an unstable country. 

Right now the process seems to be at a stand still which is why the committee asked council to pass a resolution urging the federal government to take whatever steps necessary to bring Canada those families that groups like theirs have sponsored.

“My heart breaks when I hear about things like this,” said councilor Mary Trist at the presentation. 

Trist added she cannot fathom living under a tarp and said she would support council sending a letter.

Council all supported the resolution.

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