Newspaper article The Canadian Press

University Student Grateful to Strangers in Canada Who Helped Him Stay

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

University Student Grateful to Strangers in Canada Who Helped Him Stay

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Student grateful to strangers in Canada

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WINNIPEG - A University of Winnipeg international student says he is grateful for the kindness of strangers who are helping him to stay in Canada.

On a GoFundMe page, Hazim Ismail wrote because he is gay and atheist he has been disowned by his family and funding for his education has been cut off.

Ismail is from Malaysia, a country where sodomy is considered a criminal offence.

In order to stay in Canada and keep his immigration status, Ismail needed to stay enrolled in three classes per term.

On Monday morning, the psychology student reached his $5,000 goal covering the minimum amount to stay a student at the University of Winnipeg.

He says his mother had been paying for his education until they got into a fight over pictures that surfaced on the Internet of him with friends at a gay bar in Winnipeg. …

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