'He has a deep sense of humanity': Syrian refugee family names newborn son Justin after PM Trudeau

Ahmed Doso of Red Deer, Alta., says he named his fifth son after Canada’s Prime Minister as a gesture of gratitude to an entire country that has welcomed his family with opens arms.

It’s an old Arab tradition to name a child after a ‘person with good character,’ says baby’s father

Justin Doso, 2 weeks, was named after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Submitted)

Speaking through a translator from his home in Red Deer, Alta., Ahmed Doso explains that it's an old Arab tradition to name your child after a "person with good character."

And so, the Syrian refugee has decided to call his fifth son — the first to be born in Canada — "Justin."

"It's true the name Justin is Western and we are Eastern and Arabs but out of my admiration of Trudeau, I had no problem to name my son Justin — because I like this person. For me he is wonderful and compassionate, I hope all leaders whether Easterners or Westerners would be like him."

Justin Doso was born on Nov. 2 — nine months after his family landed in Canada.

They fled Syria at the end of 2014 and were living in a Turkish refugee camp for about a year. It was there that Ahmed Doso watched Prime Minister Trudeau on TV greeting some of Canada's first Syrian refugees at the Toronto Pearson Airport.

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"He has a deep sense of humanity," Doso said.

"He's compassionate, he cares about the Syrian plight and all humanitarian causes … he assists the people in need of help from countries that has wars."

PM says gesture is 'certainly touching'

Doso said he left Syria for the sake of his four young boys — who were traumatized daily by the sounds of bombs being dropped over Damascus.

The Doso family fled Syria in late 2014 to a refugee camp in Turkey. They landed in Red Deer, Alta., in February, 2016. (Submitted)

The family landed in Red Deer in February of this year and were immediately welcomed into the community.

"They made us feel we are not refugees and … didn't make us feel that we are coming to a strange country," he said. "They made us feel that we are in our country."

On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau acknowledge the Doso family's nod of appreciation in an email statement to CBC News.

"The gesture is certainly very touching. We are proud, as a government, of fulfilling our commitment to welcoming over 33,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, and the response from Canadians across the country has been tremendous."

With files from the CBC's Dalia Thamin and the Calgary Eyeopener