Mayor im­pressed by com­mu­nity’s refugee spon­sor­ship

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL THE SPEC­TA­TOR AN­NAPO­LIS ROYAL, N. S.

An­napo­lis Royal’s Mayor Bill MacDon­ald lauded the group that has brought two refugee fam­i­lies to the town.

An­napo­lis Royal Com­mu­nity As­sist­ing Re­lo­ca­tion ( ARCARE) brought Fi­aza Hag­gar and her six chil­dren to Canada from Su­dan sev­eral years ago. On Nov. 15 of this year Anna Amegah and her four chil­dren ar­rived from Ghana.

“We’ve had such a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence with our first refugee fam­ily, and it’s re­mark­ably won­der­ful the com­mu­nity has got­ten to­gether again to in­vite a sec­ond refugee fam­ily to the town,” MacDon­ald said. “It’s amaz­ing in a com­mu­nity of just 500 peo­ple that we’re able to at­tract enough in­ter­est from every­body in the area to come to­gether to do some­thing like this.”

He said the whole com­mu­nity helped.

“Peo­ple do­nated fur­ni­ture, my­self and my wife have, oth­ers have. Houses have been ar­ranged,” he said. “It’s re­ally, truly a re­mark­able ex­er­cise in com­mu­nity spirit for the best of in­ten­tions – that is to res­cue peo­ple from cir­cum­stances that are tragic and des­per­ate. There can be no greater mo­ti­va­tion for peo­ple to act than in those cir­cum­stances.”

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