Syr­ian refugee fam­ily wel­comed as Swift Cur­rent res­i­dents

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Swift Cur­rent’s new­est fam­ily re­ceived a gala wel­come at the Swiftlink Char­ity Expo at the Swift Cur­rent Mall on Satur­day.

The seven mem­bers of the Mayyuf fam­ily ar­rived in Swift Cur­rent on Oc­to­ber 5, fi­nally leav­ing a refugee camp in Turkey af­ter flee­ing their na­tive Syria over five years ago. They have been liv­ing in tents and a re-pur­posed Sea Can since Jan­uary 2013.

When asked to re­flect on their life in the refugee camp, mother Esma Mayyuf said the ex­pe­ri­ence was not an easy one.

“I’m not sure if you’d call it life. Just stay­ing there, be­ing away from ev­ery­thing, it was a glo­ri­fied name for a jail. Even cook­ing is some­thing you have to plan. Us­ing the bath­room is some­thing you have to plan to leave the tent. So it’s hard to think about it as life,” she said to the au­di­ence at the Swiftlink Char­ity Expo.

The ques­tions posed to the fam­ily and their an­swers were trans­lated by Sammi Khal­ife.

Fa­ther Ahmad Mayyuf ad­mit­ted the past weeks have brought big changes for the fam­ily.

Khal­ife also ex­plained that the fam­ily lit­er­ally ar­rived with only the clothes on their back. “His house, with ev­ery­thing in it, was de­stroyed,” Khal­ife ex­plained. “The only thing he brought with him is his fam­ily record. It’s a note­book that has all the fam­ily in­for­ma­tion, but that’s the only item that sur­vived from Syria to Canada.”

The Mayyuf fam­ily, fa­ther Ahmad, mother Esma, and chil­dren Mu­tip, Fatma, Alaa, Ruaa and Mo­hamad were for­mally in­tro­duced to the com­mu­nity at the Swiftlink Char­ity Expo on Satur­day at the Swift Cur­rent Mall.

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