Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Man Sees It as His 'Duty' to Bring His Family to Canada from Syria

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Man Sees It as His 'Duty' to Bring His Family to Canada from Syria

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Alberta man hopes for 'more speed' in refugee system

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EDMONTON - Mohamad Mawed sees it as a duty.

The 46-year-old was raised in Syria and came to Canada in 2012, after working for several years in the travel industry in the United Arab Emirates. He later became a permanent resident in his new home.

In June, after 10 months of paperwork, processing and interviews, Mawed welcomed his brother, his brother's wife and their four children to Edmonton from Lebanon, where they had fled from the civil war in Syria.

Canada's response to the Syrian refugee crisis has become a major issue and The Canadian Press has been reaching out to Syrians, who arrived as refugees, to tell their stories. Since civil war broke out in 2011, more than four million Syrians have fled their country.

Mawed is working to get 14 more relatives, who have also made it to Lebanon, to Canada.

Mawed says his brother, Ahmad, and Ahmad's family are happy and grateful to be in Edmonton.

With help from the Mennonite Central Committee and the Islamic Family and Social Services Association, they have been able to rent a home and start studying English. …

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