Thursday, February 23, 2017

'I think we'll find our identity now': Refugees speak of gratitude at Halifax ceremony - CTV NEWS

by Michael Tutton
Originally published: February 21, 2017 
Publisher: CTVnews.ca

Jelele Etefa and her husband Bona Dhina sang the Canadian anthem, waved plastic flags and repeated a citizenship oath at a Halifax waterfront museum Monday.

It was the end of a long trek for the Ethiopian refugees, who were aware of the moment's particular poignancy.

Dhina said he'd heard of the desperate mid-winter border crossings by Africans seeking refugee status in southern Manitoba, as U.S. President Donald Trump pushes to bring in an immigration ban targeting seven majority Muslim countries.

The 39-year-old father said it saddens him to see the increasing challenges for refugees, and the opposition growing in some nations.