The long road from war torn Syria, through months of family separation, and finally to Canada has ended for Mohammad Kurdi and his family.
And now life for the uncle of the drowned three-year-old boy who became the face of the Syrian refugee crisis may finally be returning to normal.
Yesterday Kurdi, a barber by trade, gave his first Canadian haircut.
The recipient? Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart, who says he was pleased with the result.
“He was very meticulous – he did comment that this was his first chance to ever cut a mayor’s hair. He was very proud of his work. It’s clear that he will succeed here in Canada.”
Stewart took to Facebook to share the experience, where he joked “I don’t have much hair, but he sure made it look its best.”
Stewart says the experience was a “great honour,” but even more, he says he’s happy to see they’re finally putting the pieces of their lives back together.
“I really think this family is on the road to recovery. They’ve been through hell to be blunt. I really hope that they get the support they need to get past all of that, but there in the salon I saw pride and I saw happiness, and such joy and peace. It was really something to be there.”
Mohammad Kurdi is working in a salon established last month by his sister, Tima, who lives in Coquitlam.
He arrived in Canada with his wife and five children last month, after spending seven months apart.
The family had previously tried to come to Canada as refugees, but had their application denied for lack of a key U.N. form.
Following the tragic death of his brother’s family when their overcrowded boat capsized in the Mediterranean, Mohammad and family were re-invited to apply for refugee status.