Photo credit: IOM/Jennifer Sparks - Muse Mohammed
“I left Syria when I was still in high school. I haven’t been able to complete my studies yet, but I want to. I’m really interested in IT and computer engineering.
I’m from a village around the city of Idlib. It’s mainly agricultural, tourists didn’t go there much. We lived a calm life, but we had everything we needed. Everything was so simple. I used to play football with my friends, always thinking of my favorite teams, Barcelona and Manchester United!
It never crossed my mind to move before the war. I had a happy life in Idlib. Everything is gone now. There wasn’t even a choice of living there anymore, and there was also no chance of building a life in Lebanon.
There are eight people in my family and we are all moving to Canada, but my case came up first so I am going alone. I know that Canada respects human rights and cares about people. That’s why they are running this program, and I hope they continue it. My biggest hope now is that I can go back to school. Arabs have a lot of potential, but no opportunities to develop their skills and capabilities in their home countries. I hope to have that chance in Canada.”