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Canadian family mulls Lebanon departure over Syria fears

Maher Habbas, who left a war-torn Lebanon for Canada many years ago, moved his family back to Beirut so his daughters could experience the culture but is now considering moving them back to Canada.

Threat of foreign military action in Syria hangs over Habbas family

Maher Habbas recently moved his family back to Labanon. Now they are scared of the threat of foreign military action in neighbouring Syria. 1:57

Maher Habbas has known war since he was six years old, when the civil war began in Lebanon. Years later, he left for Canada and started a family in Vancouver.

He recently moved his family back to Lebanon but remained in Vancouver, while supporting his family. His hope was to introduce his daughters to their Lebanese roots in a time of peace. 

Those plans changed and now he’s flown to Beirut because his family is scared of the threat of foreign military action in neighbouring Syria.

Habbas talks to the CBC’s Nahlah Ayed about his struggle with that decision as his daughter Sarah, 12, describes her effort to convince her dad to take the family home to Canada.

Left to right: Sarah Habbas, Maher Habbas, wife Reem Al-janabia and daughter Nour Habbas may soon be returning to Vancouver. (CBC)