Syrian family adjusting to life in Grate’s Cove
It’s not very often you get to speak with people in rural Newfoundland who have truly lived through dangerous times. It was harrowing to hear the AlTaani family, with a limited- but-improving grasp of the
English language, share their story of living in a city where going out into the street was a risky move any given day. They
survived in an overcrowded refugee camp in Jordan (where life still wasn’t all that safe) and for years managed to make ends meet before finally leaving all that danger behind to come to Canada. They were candid about the difficulties they went through adjusting to a new life in a foreign land, and there were relatives left behind to worry about who were still in danger. But it was heartening too to hear first-hand about the children making friends in school and feeling welcomed by the community at large. It was a story worth getting out there and one I was very happy to share.
Mahmaud AlTaani, left, and his father Mahmaed were still adjusting to life in Grates Cove when they spoke with The Compass in February of 2018. The AlTaani family fled Syria six years ago and arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador the previous August.