Welcome to Prince George!
Prince George, B.C. – An emotional moment this afternoon at Prince George Airport as the city welcomed its fourth Syrian refugee family.
“Thank you so much for this wonderful welcome,” said Mahmoud Hannan through an interpreter. “We can feel the love you have brought us.”
Starting the day in Toronto before transferring to Prince George through Vancouver, Hannan was joined by his wife and three daughters.
“It’s been a long day but because of the joy it’s felt like a half an hour.”
Prior to their arrival in Canada, the Hannan’s had spent the past three years in Turkey after being leaving their hometown of Afrin, Syria.
The family has been privately sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church and their next stop will be a rented duplex in Prince George.
The Syrian community will soon multiply even further, as the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society awaits the arrival of an additional 10 government sponsored Syrian refugee families sometime this week.
The arrival of Syrian families has touched Skeena Bulkley MP Nathan Cullen “It’s quite a wonderful thing to see folks from right across the community spectrum working together to welcome folks from abroad. It’s quite restoring. After watching five clips of Donald Trump you kind of get discouraged about the world. Then you go an talk to some of these groups and you feel good again.”