Yazidi refugee woman urges government for help navigating new world


“We were dropped off at the Radisson Hotel, staying in the lobby, hungry, thirsty … no language to even buy water,” she said in an interview through an interpreter. “Guests thought we were homeless and they were giving us money.”

She says she was living in a refugee camp when she learned the Canadian government would sponsor Yazidi women to move to Canada. As one of the first of the group to arrive, she spent her first few nights scared and alone in a hotel in Toronto until a non-profit organization offered to help.

Adiba travelled to Canada with her two sisters, and of whom has six children.

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