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Hiba (Iraq)

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  Born in Basra, Iraq | The Gulf War in the early 1990s changed Hiba’s life. Her pregnant mother had no choice but to take her to neighbouring Saudi Arabia where her father later joined them. In spite of her young age, Hiba remembers waiting for citizenship in a refugee camp just outside of the…

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Marilo (Chile)

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  Born in Melipilla, Chile | Marilo’s parents, who arrived in Canada in 1974 as political refugees and were living with packed suitcases for many years had every intention of eventually returning to Chile. Then in 1979 her parents moved to a country in Eastern Europe for one year to receive ideological training with plans…

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Clotilda (Haiti)

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  Born in Fond la Grange, Haiti | Clotilda was in school in Haiti, studying journalism and working at a radio station when the parliamentary elections were happening.  She was appointed to cover the elections and while interviewing voters at the polling stations she noticed two uniformed men carrying boxes near the official ballot boxes…

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Jason (Costa Rica)

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  Born San Jose, Costa Rica | Before going to the United States for university, Jason’s Canada-born mother had visited her father who had recently moved to Costa Rica. It was on this visit that his mother bumped into one of her father’s employees – a stock room guy. They ended up dating and this…

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Arturo (Dominican Republic)

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  Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Arturo’s wife brought him to Canada from his native Dominican Republic – the place where they had met and married. Shortly after his son was born they moved to Canada in order to be able to  give  him the best possible future opportunities. Soon his family grew…

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Elena (Russia)

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  Born in Kaliningrad, Russia | Elena arrived in Toronto at the age of 21 to study Comparative Literature and Communications. She calls leaving Israel with her Mother to move to Canada the “second big move” in her life – the first being when she left Russia. Just prior to her leaving, her university cafeteria…

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