Out in the Open

'In Syria, they're dying. And we on the outside are dying as well'

Zaineb Aborqtei talks about the hardships of building life anew in Canada as a Syrian refugee.
Zaineb Aborqtei and her family arrived in Canada one year ago as refugees from Syria. (Provided by Zaineb Aborqtei)

For Syrian refugees, starting life anew in Canada is complex.

They are grateful to be out of war and limbo and grateful to find safety in Canada.

In Syria, they're dying. And we on the outside are dying as well. The difference is they die because of bombs, while we die of sadness and loneliness.-  Zaineb Aborqtei

But now that a year has passed, their sponsorship funding is starting to end. New concerns about finding work and learning English are more real than ever.

On top of the struggles they face here in Canada, there is also the continuous anxiety of knowing family and friends are still stuck in Syria or refugee camps waiting to find new homes.

Piya speaks with Zaineb Aborqtei about the struggles and hardships her family is facing after a year in Canada. 

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