Syrian refugees welcomed to Canada return the favour to Ukrainians fleeing Russian invasion

News coverage of the Russian bombardment of cities brings back painful memories

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This week marks the 11th anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war.

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This week marks the 11th anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war.

Looking back at more than a decade of war, many members of Manitoba’s Syrian community are painfully reminded of its effects as they witness the devastating invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops.

In 2021, 80,000 refugees were resettled in Canada, with approximately 2,500 of them resettling in Manitoba, according to Immigrate Manitoba.

Joseph Chaeban and wife Zainab Ali, owners of Chaeban Ice Cream, say the Syrian community of Manitoba is welcoming Ukrainian refugees with open arms. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)
Joseph Chaeban and wife Zainab Ali, owners of Chaeban Ice Cream, say the Syrian community of Manitoba is welcoming Ukrainian refugees with open arms. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

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