The Power of Lov­ing Sup­port

The Miracle - - Youth - Ow a Case­worker Helped Lift a Newly-Ar­rived Refugee Fam­ily’s Spirit

HFarhad Ahura was 28 when his life turned up­side down. A judge in his home­town of Is­fa­han found him guilty of gath­er­ing peo­ple in his home and preach­ing Ba­haaism. His pun­ish­ment was go­ing to be death by hang­ing. Bahi­ism is a re­li­gion that was founded in Iran by Ba­haiul­lah in 1863. Ba­haiul­lah claimed to be the man­i­fes­ta­tion of God on earth. The Ira­nian govern­ment has deemed pros­e­ly­tiz­ing this faith a pun­ish­able crime. Farhad knew this but hoped that the govern­ment won’t get a wind of his do­ings. On a cold win­ter’s day, Farhad man­aged to get re­leased from prison on bail. That night, Farhad, his wife Aarizu and their six-yearold son walked miles to find a safe haven. The first month of their es­cape was the tough­est. Lit­tle did Farhad know that his flight was go­ing to last six long years which would take them first to Turkey, then to Canada. In Turkey, Farhad vol­un­teered and helped in­ter­pret for Ira­ni­ans like him­self. Farhad and his fam­ily moved to Canada thanks to Canada’s refugee asy­lum pro­gram. Soon af­ter their ar­rival, they vis­ited the Mus­lim Food Bank to re­ceive help with figuring out the first steps in their new home coun­try. In the ini­tial meet­ing, case­worker Parvin Rouhani al­lowed Farhad and Aarizu to pour their hearts out. Farhad de­tailed the strug­gles he and his fam­ily had to en­dure over the past sev­eral years. It was clear to Parvin that this fam­ily suf­fered from a great deal of trauma and the best way she could help them was by pro­vid­ing emo­tional sup­port. “It was re­ally hard for them to find them­selves,” Parvin re­called. “Speak­ing about their past­brought tears to their eyes.” The first year in Canada was bit­ter­sweet for Farhad. On the one hand, he was cel­e­brat­ing his wife’s preg­nancy. On the other hand, he was told by skin spe­cial­ists in Van­cou­ver that the skin de­for­mi­ties that were dis­missed by Turk­ish doc­tors were in fact cancer. Though Farhad had sleep­less nights wor­ry­ing about his health prospects, he re­quested

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