Kurdish dating customs
In February 2017, when Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced plans terror into Canada, he explained that, given the “unimaginable trauma, both physical and emotional,” the Yazidi had endured, they would be handled discreetly — no information about arrival dates or locations would be made public.
Hadiya, the mother of six, runs the household; she is perpetually cleaning or cooking. One is her offer of sweet black tea or food from her busy kitchen. El Shafie, a stocky 40-year-old with plump jowls and a quick smile, is the founder and director of the Toronto-based human rights organization One Free World International.The women sat down on the floor of the hotel lobby and cried.A Lebanese guest of the hotel saw them and offered to help — “a complete stranger,” says Adiba, still baffled by his gesture. He was the first person in Canada to speak to them in their native Kurdish dialect.Everything.” Adiba struggles to describe her life before the summer of 2014.
She uses her fingers to count through her 11 siblings.Essw reassured the women that things were going to be all right.Now that they had been “discovered” by the community, help would begin to flow. It came from the government, in the form of financial support and health care coverage, as it does for all government-assisted refugees.They took the Dasnis to the taxi stand, divided them between two cars, handed the drivers written instructions and waved farewell. Three months earlier, they hadn’t even heard of Canada.