The stories shared by our refugee panelists during our World Refugee Day 2020 Event have inspired us to launch a new Jumpstart initiative. Our Story provides refugees with an opportunity to speak in their own voice and feature their stories of perseverance, tribulation, and triumph.
The Untold Journalist to Refugee Pipeline
Objective journalism holds the powerful accountable, but speaking truth to power can be dangerous for journalists who may face violence and harassmen. Read the stories of three refugee journalists who found asylum in Canada
Zartasha, a recent arrival from Afghanistan, shares her experience settling in Canada as a highly ambitious refugee navigating significant life changes. This is her story;
At a very young age and alone, Hakeem had to flee home in pursuit of safety. This is his story;
Walaa, a recent arrival from Syria, shares how she transformed her resettlement experience from an ordeal to an opportunity in Canada. This is her story;
Lamis, a new arrival from Syria, shares her story of journeying to Canada with her family through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) and the challenges that come with work and personal life in unfamiliar territory. This is her story;
Arriving in Canada, Ardit hoped to get a job in finance, but quickly found himself shifting to a new career and starting his own business. This is his story.
Ron, a recent arrival from Indonesia, shares his journey of seeking asylum in Canada and finding a meaningful employment. This is his story!
Fairuz, a newly arrived refugee from Afghanistan, lost hope and the life she has built for herself and her family when she was forced to leave her home country. Yet, she quickly found strength not only to rebuild her life, but to also support fellow Afghan activists through her new job at a Canadian organization.
Fadi arrived in Canada as a refugee, right before a global pandemic hit. He struggled at first, but then found his way. This is his story;
Sameera Mursal Alimi
Sameera Mursal Alimi, a recent arrival from Afghanistan, shares her journey escaping Taliban’s takeover of the country and finding meaningful employment in Canada. This is her story!