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PWRDF marks World Refugee Day in Canada and abroad


June 19, 2017

By Janice Biehn

I was a stranger and you welcomed me

By Suzanne Rumsey, Public Engagement Program Coordinator

In September 2015, three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi’s tiny lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach. The photo was a turning point in the years-long struggle of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria. In the months following, Canada opened its door and Canadians followed suit, preparing to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees. More than 40,000 refugees, both government-assisted and privately sponsored, have since arrived, seeking to call Canada home.

Read Suzanne’s entire post …

Read more PWRDF World Refugee Day stories:

Burmese refugees and IDPs recover from addiction at DARE

Waiting to go home: An Iraqi woman’s story

ponoka poster

St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Ponoka, Alta., hosts refugee awareness event