Jour­nal­ists’ picks for 2018

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

The Com­pass’ year-in-re­view con­cludes as its re­porters re­flect on the sto­ries that im­pacted them the most in 2018.

It’s not 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 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 the dan­ger be­hind to come to Canada.

They were can­did about the dif­fi­cul­ties they en­coun­tered 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.

https://www.cb­n­com­pass.ca/ news/local/syr­ian-refugee-fam­ilyad­just­ing-to-life-in-grates-cove-new­found­land-190306/

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

Mah­maud AlTaani, left, and his fa­ther Mah­maed were still ad­just­ing to life in Grates Cove when they spoke with The Com­pass in Fe­bru­ary 2018. The AlTaani fam­ily fled Syria six years ago and ar­rived in New­found­land and Labrador the pre­vi­ous Au­gust.

Robin­son

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