“My god, I feel like I am so happy you know!”
Aida Abdesalam-Mansour, a Syrian living in BC has been separated from her brother Khalid Mansour for eight years.
She says the struggle in Syria has been hard on her family, but she’s thankful to see her brother.
“I lost my three brothers, even last Janauary I lost one brother. But as god has, my youngest brother I have a chance to see him and his wife and the three children.”
Behran Teklu, a refugee coordinator, says Khalid’s home was ravaged by warfare.
“Their neighbourhood had been bombed. Then he ran away with his children to Lebanon, to save his children.”
Khalid’s four children range in age from about twelve years old, all the way down to ten months.
He hopes his children are young enough to forget the hardships they endured.
Aida says her only wish now is to help the rest of her family escape Syria.
Story by Shakeiel Mahjouri