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Canada: A Church to host a family of four Syrian refugees


Refugee crisis in Europe

A family of Syrian refugees to arrive at a church in Canada next week.

In line with details, a family of refugees consisting of four Syrians are scheduled to arrive in Canada’s Halifax, next week. For this purpose, a ‘clean and safe’ accommodation will be provided to them. By the time they arrive, next Thursday, December 10, all arrangements will be completed.

Prior to their arrival, hangings will be hung, beds will be made ready, it will be made sure that there is food in the fridge along with all other items for daily life. “It’ll be as if you walked into not a very high-end motel these are not fancy apartments but they’re clean and they’re safe,” says the chairman of the church which is sponsoring this refugee family.

Chris Yetman is the chairman of Clayton Park church group which will be bearing all the expenses of the refugee family of four Syrians. Moreover, the group which hails from Saint Benedict Parish had filed an application for the sponsorship earlier this year, which was approved by the Canadian government in June.

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With a ten days’ notice, Yetman was informed this Monday, November 30 that the application has been accepted. Last moment notification caused a bit of a mess so as to complete all the necessary living arrangements for the family and to set the apartment with the required furniture and various other household items.

Over the years, the church group has sponsored many refugee families and individuals from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. The church is expected to host a Congolese couple also.

“Like anybody, we have tremendous interest in social justice and trying to help the less fortunate, be they local we do a lot of work to help the local less fortunate as well as the refugees of the world who need help,” Yetman says.

“It’s just something that we feel called to do as Christians and as people who care about others. There’s nothing more humbling than doing this. It’s humbling because these people come, and when they arrive at the airport, they have one suitcase to their name. That’s their entire life; one suitcase.

They fled from whatever they were fleeing from war, religious strife, whatever the case may be and they have one suitcase, and they grin from ear to ear. All they want to do is be alive and safe and have a life for their children. And you can’t get more humbling than that.”