As the Fort McMurray wildfire rages on, Canadians have stepped up to donate money, goods, and services to the displaced Fort Mac residents.
So too, have the Syrian refugees, who began arriving in Canada in December of 2015. Recent arrival Naser Nader appealed to fellow refugees on the Syrian Support facebook page.
“Canadians have provided us with everything and now we have a duty we must do,” group member Naser Nader wrote in Arabic. “Must help the people who lost their homes and everything in a fire (in) Oil City … Get ready, it’s time to fulfill.”
I read this after reading about the growing list of states in the U.S. (31, at last count) who are refusing to accept Syrian refugees, apparently unable to distinguish between the regime and its victimized citizenry, and also, perhaps, distrustful of their own country’s ability to vete immigrants before entry. This is what happens when fear and paranoia takes the place of reason and compassion.
Naser Nader and his Syrian support group are what happens when compassion and reason prevail.
Donations may be made online to the Canadian Red Cross.