“My name is Siba. I come from Suweida, a town in southwestern Syria. After many years of war, it became hard to lead a normal life so my family and I decided to move to Lebanon in 2014. We used to come here very often, when we could still move around freely. Lately, we were scared all the time and the sounds of the bombs became unbearable. Eventually, it was too dangerous to go out.
In Syria, I was an electronics engineer—I used to work with all kinds of electronics. Unfortunately, since we arrived in Lebanon, I haven’t been able to work, but I haven’t asked for any assistance either. I didn’t want it.
My brothers and sisters are living in Canada, and we will be joining them. That will make life a bit easier. I will be able to offer a bright future to my children but also to myself. Both Nour and Jad want to be doctors. Canada gives them the opportunity to do what they dream of. For the moment, Jad is so excited to play sports again. He loves anything with a ball!”
Siba and her two children Nour and Jad will be resettled to Canada which will eventually take in 25,000 Syrian refugees from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.