Canada must stand with refugees

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing com­mu­nity

We are writ­ing on be­half of Hamil­ton Friends of Refugees, a refugee spon­sor­ship group of 19 Hamil­to­ni­ans who wel­comed a fam­ily of five from Syria in Au­gust of 2016. The spon­sor­ship has been a joy­ful and life-af­firm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

We would like to con­vey our deep sor­row over the cat­a­strophic event of Jan. 29 in Quebec. Al­though we were al­ready very much aware that racism and Is­lam­o­pho­bia ex­ist in Canada, we never imag­ined that the kind of ter­ror peo­ple were flee­ing abroad would arise home­grown.

The ef­fect of the shoot­ing is not just the loss of six good Cana­di­ans, but also in­cludes the trauma suf­fered by their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity at large. We know that many peo­ple do not feel as safe as they did just a few days be­fore. We are shocked and ashamed at this bru­tal act and hope with all our hearts that Canada will come out of this tragedy more lov­ing, more ac­cept­ing, more re­spect­ful, and more com­pas­sion­ate than ever be­fore.

To the Mus­lim com­mu­nity we ex­tend our com­mit­ment to act as vig­i­lantly and as lov­ingly as we can on both a per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal level.

As our new Syrian friend Issa has said to us, “Canada is a coun­try of peace and se­cu­rity and has the great­est peo­ple in the world.” We would urge all Hamil­to­ni­ans to join us in keep­ing this vi­sion alive. An­ge­line Des Lau­ri­ers, Ste­van Garic and Anne Pol­lard Hamil­ton Friends of Refugees

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