Project Abraham report on refugee challenges





MPs on the immigration committee are currently being briefed on the results of the GOC's commitment to bring #Yezidi and other minority survivors to Canada (Nov 7/17).

#ProjectAbraham provided the committee with a report based on our experience and observations, many of which coincide with the points brought forth in this CBC report. Unfortunately, while bringing the Yezidi victims of ISIS to Canada should be applauded, the GOC has not fully addressed the needs of the victims once they arrived. There are many glaring deficiencies and issues, both immediate and longer-term.

Project Abraham has stepped in to address some of these issues, but without more attention, support, and guidance from the government, these traumatized victims will face a long and hard road that will prolong their recovery and integration.

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Another successful bazaar to help the Yazidis community

 

Last Sunday, September 24/17, Project Abraham volunteers successfully organized another bazaar for the Yazidi community. 

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An urgent request from Project Abraham

with contributions by Doris Epstein and Debbie Rose

 

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It was January 31, 2016 when Hayder Essw, 47, a Yazidi refugee living in Canada received the news of four Yazidis families drowning while trying to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.  Like thousands of other Yazidis, they were trying to reach what they saw as the freedom of Europe.  In their minds, whatever it took to get there was worth the risk. Their lives were already hell, and they had nothing left to lose.

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A wedding like no other

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Last Friday the Yazidi community in Richmond Hill celebrated their first wedding in over five years.  A lot has gone on for the Yazidis between weddings - Mt. Sinjar, genocide, and the capture of their women and girls by ISIS -  so it would be no surprise if they weren’t up to celebrating.  Yet despite the worse nightmare that could happen to good and decent people, Friday was a celebration of life and freedom for the Yazidi community.

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Vigil for the third anniversary of the Yazidi genocide on Mt. Sinjar, August 3, 2014.

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Thursday August 3, 2017 was the third anniversary of the Yazidi genocide on Mt. Sinjar.

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