On the UCC Waiting List
This family of five lived in Afghanistan until 2015 when the father’s support for artistic freedom and gender equality came to the attention of local Taliban officials. Threats to his family’s safety caused them to flee the country and leave behind their home, extended family, and friends.
The family, including three young children arrived in Quetta, Pakistan in April 2015 where they lived until moving to Islamabad in October 2019. The family’s application for refugee status was approved in December 2016 and their certificate has been kept current since that time. They are among the 1.4 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, according to UNHCR’s website.
Despite having excellent skills and training as a Chemical engineer and experience in construction as a project manager, the father of this family has only been able to find limited, short-term employment in Pakistan. The family receives no financial, healthcare, or other support from Pakistan or the UNHCR. His brother here in North Vancouver tries to help but has limited resources to send.
Schooling for the children in Pakistan is very unstable and inconsistent. Their parents are doing their best to teach them at home, but it is obviously a struggle. Each month the children spend outside the school system will make it more difficult for them to graduate from school with a solid education and achieve their goals of attending university.
They are desperate to join their family here in Canada.
Waiting for An Opening on the UCC Waiting List
This family of five from the Hazara community fled Afghanistan due to threats to their family’s safety, leaving behind all that was familiar to them: their home, loved ones, the father’s job as a baker, and educational opportunities for their children. They have been living in Turkey for three years and wish to be reunited with a family member who is living in Canada. As refugees in Turkey they have limited access to facilities and their two youngest children are not able to attend school. They know the value of higher education and are very concerned that their children will not have an opportunity to complete the requirements for enrolling in university.
The Hazara massacre drove many Hazara people from their villages, including this family who feared for their safety. The situation in Afghanistan continues to be violent and concerning as evidenced by the May 2021 bombing of the girls’ school in Kabul.
The family looks forward to bringing their skills and energy to a country that will provide a safe home for them.
This family of six, including three teenaged children, fled the violence of the war in Syria in 2015 in order to seek safety and prevent the conscription of their son into the conflict. They had been eking out an existence in Darashakran camp in Erbil, Iraq, thanks to money provided by the father’s job as a carpenter until he became unable to work. He was diagnosed with a serious health condition requiring extensive medical attention. The loss of the income from their sole bread winner caused severe psychological and financial issues for the family because the father’s job did not have health or employment insurance. This resulted in the son having to quit Grade 9 to work to support his parents and siblings and to try to pay for his father’s medical expenses. The situation became even more complex when the son suffered a broken leg from a hit and run accident as he was on his way to work. The son is facing a long road to recovery and the father’s health is deteriorating.
The family is facing an uncertain and hopeless future where they are and desperately wish to come to Canada where they will be able to create a new life in a stable environment with access to schools, hospitals and economic opportunities. Several members of their extended family have already settled here and will assist them in their transition and adjustment to living in a new country and culture.