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:
An Iraqi family in Jordan: Nest applied to bring this family in October 2017. They have friends in Saskatoon. The family was interviewed and approved on April 9. They expect to have their flights to Saskatoon any time now!
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 and won the judicial review. The family had a second interview in May 2018. We are hoping for positive news. 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.
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 Mohamed) arrived February 22. The other family members learned in May their application was rejected.
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 and Namer in December 2016.
Iraqi family of six in Turkey. Ghufran, who just had a baby in January, has a brother in Saskatoon. With the help of donations from a group of 22 people, Nest raised enough funds to sponsor Ghufran, her husband and their four children. The application was submitted in May 2017.
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.
A single parent Eritrean family. Nest sponsored Tsega and her two small children in April 25, 2018. They are UN convention refugees in Sudan. Their aunt lives in Saskatoon.
Syrian lawyer, his spouse and two children: The Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon gave Nest four allocations to sponsor this family in Lebanon. The application was submitted May 30, 2018.