'I was so excited': Refugee shot by her husband meets Justin Trudeau
Shakila Zareen met the prime minister at an event at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
An Afghan refugee to Canada whose husband shot her in the face when she was 17 met with the prime minister Thursday.
Shakila Zareen met Justin Trudeau at an event at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
"I [could] not believe it. I was so excited," Zareen said. "He's very, very kind."
Zareen now lives in Vancouver after escaping her husband in 2012 and spending several years in India, where she had a series of surgeries.
She was originally expecting to settle in the United States as a refugee, but after U.S. President Donald Trump suspended that country's refugee program, her acceptance was overturned, and the UNHCR referred her file to Canada. She arrived in Vancouver on Jan. 30 of this year.
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Speaking outside the hotel through a translator Thursday evening, she said it was her dream to meet Trudeau to thank him for helping her and other women around the world.
She says she hopes to one day be able to sit down with Trudeau and tell him her story. She also says she wants to discuss with him the importance of women's rights.
As Trudeau left the hotel for a fundraiser, Zareen stood outside in the cold Vancouver rain and excitedly waved goodbye to his motorcade.
With files from Briar Stewart