Vietnamese Refugee In Canada Now Helping Syrian Family Resettle

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla

Associate Religion Editor

When Thuy Nguyen was just 12 years old, she left her native country of Vietnam and boarded a South Korean boat in search of a safe place to call home. After living in a refugee camp for two months, Nguyen arrived in Canada in 1975, where she and her family were able to build a new life.

More than forty years later, Nguyen is paying it forward by taking care of others fleeing war in search of a stable home and a peaceful life. For the past year, she and her partner Michael Adams have been mentoring and supporting the Noumans, a family of nine from the embattled city of Homs, Syria.

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Mohamed Nouman (bottom right) poses with his family and sponsors Thuy Nguyen and Michael Adams on the boardwalk of a Toronto beach.

According to the UNHCR, Mohamed Nouman, his wife, and seven children arrived in Toronto in January 2016. Since then, Nguyen, Adams, and a small group of friends have stepped in to help the Syrian family adjust to Canadian life ― from finding the kids a good school in the area, to taking them to doctors’ appointments, and helping them learn a new language.

Nguyen told The Huffington Post that her biggest dream for the new family is for them to be happy in their new country.

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