Syrian refugees finish quarantine in time for first Canadian Thanksgiving

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The Al Khalif family is just grateful to finally be in Canada, even if the pandemic delayed their arrival and quashed their much-anticipated airport reunion. Syrian refugees Mahmoud Al Khalif, his wife Mariam, and their three children waited nearly five years to reunite with his sister in Regina. Then, just as the family got ready to fly from Lebanon to Canada this past spring, the pandemic shut down the borders and prolonged the separation. Their brother-in-law, Abdelkarim Al Elaiwy, who has lived in Regina since January 2016, said the delay was hard to take after so much anticipation.