Montrealer packs up for Syrian refugee camp
“For the majority of Syrian Canadians, our lives have shifted 180 degrees since the killing and the bloodspill in Syria. Everything has changed,” Alazem said.
Al Swarovski azem left Syria ten years ago, and now lives in Montreal working as an engineer.
Hesays his deep connection to his birth country is what motivated him to go back.
“We are far away from Syria, but yet we are so attached.
After a certain amount of time, you feel disconnected, and you need to be there. You need to be close to the reality and to the suffering.”
Alazem says his goal is to connect with the young Syrian refugees.
“Just to be around the children, it means so much to them. It means the world to them because it’s an indication that they haven’t been abandoned.”
Alazem will be spending time at a school in Turkey that was started byMontrealerHazarAl Swarovski Mahayni. There, he sayshe hopes to volunteer to teach English as a secon Swarovski d language and interact with the children.
“I will try to give them a good time, bringing them gifts and buying them clothes as well.”
Al Mahayni is the vice principal of cole Al Salam in Montreal, and she opened up a school of the same name in Turkey.
“The children need to feel that somebody cares about them that somebody loves them. It’s not only with food or with clothes that you save anybody’s life, or with medication. Sometimes when you open a window for a future a better future that’s how you save lives,”Al Mahaynisaid.
Pushing the Canadian government
Alazem says he will document his nine day trip, and hopes to share the refugees’ stories with members of the Canadian government to show officials what Canadians are doing to help, and how much more needs to be done in Syria.
“My message to the Canadian government is to try to cooperate with Syrian Canadia Swarovski ns living here that have all these initiatives that are inside Syria, building field hospitals, volunteering there, and building schools. Syrian Canadians are connected.”