Syrian family reunited in Coquitlam
Mirna Nakhleh’s mother and brothers are now settling in B.C.
By Bal Brach, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2015 6:43 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015 6:44 PM PT
After 10 years apart and the last twelve months in limbo, Mirna Nakhleh’s mother and two brothers arrived in Canada last week via Lebanon.
This Christmas will be the first one Mirna’s three young children celebrate with their Syrian uncles and grandmother.
“It’s going to be the best Christmas ever,” said Nakhleh.
“That’s what I’ve always dreamt of — to have my family around. During the war I was so worried I was praying every single night with tears.”
Nakhleh’s brothers, Michael and Milad Nakhleh and mother Maryam Hawa, have spent the last year in Lebanon, awaiting word on their private sponsorship.
The family fled Syria amid growing violence last year.
Mirna Nakhleh said her mother Maryam is “beyond happy and joyful,” to have arrived in Canada to be with her daughter and grandchildren.
“She never thought she’d see us ever again — her dream has come true, thank God.”