Sara and her daughter Siye (left), refugees from Eritrea, arrived in Saskatoon in May 2017. They are greeted at the airport by Nest members Ebtsam, Zainab, Nancy and Linda. Nest is looking forward to welcoming more refugee families, including:
A Sudanese family of four in Cairo. The family, whose sponsorship application was approved in April 2017, are waiting for their security clearance and flight information to Saskatoon. They have relatives in Saskatoon.
Two Pakistani families in Thailand and Malaysia. Both families fled religious persecution in Pakistan. One family’s sponsorship application was rejected in March 2017 by a Canadian Visa Officer. Nest appealed the decision. We are now waiting for the outcome of the judicial review held on January 29, 2018. The second family, whose application was submitted in October 2016, is waiting for their interview date. Both families are living in difficult circumstances because the UNHCR denied their asylum requests and without UN documents they can be arrested, jailed or even deported. Neither Thailand or Malaysia are signatories to the UN Convention on refugees.
A Sudanese family of three in Egypt. Musa and Rabia, originally from Darfur, have lived in Cairo for many years. This past year Musa was attacked and beaten by a knife-wielding mob. He nearly died of his injuries. Nest sponsored the family in December 2017. Their baby was born on January 6, 2018.
Syrian family of five in Cairo. A group of Saskatoon residents helped to raise enough funds to reunite this family with their relatives in Saskatoon. Two members of this family (the mother Kadria and her adult son) will fly to Saskatoon this month. The other family members are waiting for their interview.
Iraqi family of two in Dubai: Single mom Sura and her young son are waiting to be reunited with her sister Noor in Saskatoon. Nest sponsored Noor and her son in 2015. Nest submitted the application for Sura in December 2016.
Iraqi family of five in Turkey. Ghaffran, who is expecting her fourth child this month, has a brother in Saskatoon. With the help of donations from a group of 22 people, Nest raised enough funds to sponsor Ghaffran, her husband and their three (soon to be four) children. The application was submitted in May 2017.