It’s expected to be an emotional reunion, as a Syrian political exile living in B.C. will be reunited with his son tomorrow at YVR.
Former Syrian MP Mamoun Homsi came to BC as a refugee after becoming one of the first victims of the government crackdown against Damascus Spring Movement activists.
Now, Rashim Othman with the Syrian Canadian Council of BC, says Homsi will finally be reunited with his son.
“It will be very emotional I’m sure. It’s been hard for them, not only to be away from their kids, but to know that their kids have been under extreme pressure and harassment.”
“In Syria the regime actually punishes the relatives. If there is an opposition person in a family, they do chase and try to get their relatives. In this case, the father is a well-known Syrian opposition, he is very outspoken, they can blackmail him by harassing his kids.”
300 refugees are expected to arrive in Vancouver by this weekend.
They’re among the first of to reach the province of the 10,000 Syrians Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to accept by the end of the year, followed by 15,000 more by the end of February.