“tragedy Upon tragedy”

The Miracle - - Women -

“They worry for the chil­dren that were not able to join them here,” Mariam says. Af­ter hav­ing worked with nu­mer­ous refugee fam­i­lies, Mariam is well-ac­quainted with how dis­persed refugee fam­i­lies can be all across the globe. Of­ten­times, refugees have no ex­tended fam­i­lies in the coun­tries they’re ac­cepted into. Shaima’s fam­ily is no dif­fer­ent. One thing that made a big dif­fer­ence in Shaima’s health was the med­i­cal bed that the Mus­lim Food Bank was able to ar­range for her. Since the Ah­mads were start­ing their life in Sur­rey, B.C., from scratch, they had no fur­ni­ture in their new apart­ment. Through word of mouth, Mariam was able to se­cure a sofa set for the Ah­mads from her friend, Christina. Both Shaima and Dawud were touched by Christina’s ges­ture, so much so that they felt like they have a fam­ily in Canada that supports them. To show their grat­i­tude, they in­vited Christina over for din­ner along with Mariam. Mariam is orig­i­nally Pales­tinian and in­ter­prets for the Ah­mads­be­tween English and her mother tongue, Ara­bic. For Christina, it was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to spend time with this Syr­ian fam­ily. She had never met Syr­ian peo­ple be­fore. She had only seen them on the news. When Christina in­ter­acted with the Ah­mads, her views about Syr­ian refugees to­tally changed. “It’s not like what you see on TV. When you sit and talk with them, it’s so easy re­late to them,” Christina told Mariam. To Christina, the Ah­mads were more than just num­bers. They were peo­ple just like her with the same

dreams and goals, though they had seen far too much in the days gone by. Shaima and Dawud have trou­ble re­count­ing the hor­rors of war they went through. The­wounds are too fresh to un­cover. Over the past six months of be­ing their case­worker, Mariam has­been care­ful not to en­liven their mem­o­ries.“What­ever she vol­un­teers to tell me, I lis­ten. I never in­quire more than what she will­ingly shares,” Mariam says about Shaima. All Shaima and Dawud want at this point in life is to have a sta­ble life with all their chil­dren,in­clud­ing the ones in Iraq and Turkey. The Mus­lim Food Bank is play­ing their part in bring­ing nor­malcy back into the Ah­mads’ lives. Th­ese are real sto­ries where our vol­un­teers have an im­pact on mem­bers of our com­mu­nity help­ing them progress in their lives. In­shaAl­lah next week we will bring you an­other story. Please join us to have a pur­pose in your life to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of your broth­ers and sis­ters by­coming to our events and regis­ter­ing as a vol­un­teer or do­nat­ing to your or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Mus­limFood Bank and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices So­ci­ety (usu­ally re­ferred to as Mus­lim Food Bank) at www.mus­lim­food­bank.com/do­nate. Our email is con­tact@mus­lim­food­ban­com and tele­phone num­ber is 1-866-824-2525.

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