Thursday, June 22, 2017

Orange Ribbon Campaign - Celebrating Refugees: Hyam Abu Nada

June 20th was World Refugee Day, but Refugee Month and the Orange Ribbon Campaign continue throughout June. Part 7 of 9 in our Celebrating Refugees series takes us to Hyam Abu Nada. Hyam is not a Governor General or a Cabinet Minister, nor is she a famous musician or an acclaimed writer. She is just a woman, just an ordinary person like you and me, except for the fact that she was forced to flee her home in search of hope and freedom, and who is now working so very hard to make a new life here in Calgary.

Hyam has a Bachelor's Degree in Food Science Technology and has worked as a Project Coordinator, a Field Supervisor and an Agricultural Engineer in Gaza, Palestine. The Gaza Strip is home to 1.8 million people, people who face poverty, mass unemployment, a crippling lack of electrical power and infrastructure, and the ever present fear of sudden conflict.  In many ways, Life is in Ruins in Gaza.

We had the chance to talk with Hyam about her journey to Canada, about what she's found most difficult and most surprising since her arrival, and about what message she has for the people of Canada. Watch below to hear her answers to these questions and more.

Orange Ribbon Campaign - Celebrating Refugees: Hyam Abu Nada from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

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