Tag: Syria

Hamilton: get ready to meet a new cohort of welders

Mohamad Alshami is a professional welder from Syria – and is ready to launch in the Hamilton workforce. He’s worked for 10 years doing oil pipeline welding and heavy equipment repair. He comes from a long line of welders -...

/ February 1, 2017

Syrian family reunited with son after 11 month separation

When Abdel Kafi Al Rahmoun first walked into Vivyan Salih’s office at Immigrants Working Centre with tears in his eyes, she knew something was wrong. His family had been separated from their 19-year-old son on their way to Canada.

/ January 9, 2017

Syrian Refugee Crisis: 1 year after Alan Kurdi

INFOGRAPHIC: Syrian Refugee Crisis: 1 year after Alan Kurdi By Immigrants Working Centre It has been one year since the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was found on Turkey’s coast. Today: 4.8 million Syrians are registered refugees. Syrian Refugee Crisis:...

/ September 2, 2016

The immigrant life: “Art in its purest form”

“All immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form.” - Patricia Engel, Colombian American novelist. Growing up as a child of first-generation immigrants, I...

/ June 8, 2016
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Book Review: THE ILLEGAL

The Illegal (HarperCollins) is the latest novel from Hamilton-based author, Lawrence Hill. Released this past September, the timing of book seemed perfect, if for an unfortunate reason. Its release ran alongside the world’s attention forced toward the thousands of refugees...

/ January 26, 2016

My Neighbour’s Story – Living the War Overseas

I picked up the phone to call Awad* today. The phone on the other end picks up. “Hello?” says a soft and distressed voice. “How are you?” I ask. “Bad.” “Bad?” “ISIS killed my brother today.” Through heavy sobbing, I’m...

/ January 25, 2016