Edmonton celebrates World Refugee Day at city hall
The UN General Assembly first recognized World Refugee Day in 2001
Edmonton recognized those displaced by global conflict during World Refugee Day at a ceremony on Monday at city hall.
Since November, Canada has welcome 27,500 Syrian refugees.
A handful of those refugees attended the ceremony at city hall, dancing and singing to celebrate the day.
For Basel Abouhamrah, it was a chance to show gratitude for his adopted country.
It was on Christmas Day last year that Abouhamrah found out he'd be coming to Canada. After living in a refugee camp in Lebanon for two years, that phone call was a dream come true.
He arrived on New Year's Eve with his mother, brother and sister. Almost seven months later, he said they have jobs and feel like they've become part of the community.
He plans to attend NAIT in January, where he will study accounting.
"We are so happy to be here, to live in peace in this community," he said. "It's a lovely community."