Trudeau meets with Afghan refugees in start to Thanksgiving weekend


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met a family of newly settled Afghan refugees on Saturday, marking the start of the Thanksgiving weekend with what he said was an important reminder. Trudeau met Obaidullah Rahimi, who began working at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul in 2008 and was hired full-time last year, at an Ottawa home where volunteers prepared gift baskets to give to resettled Afghan families. “This is what Thanksgiving is all about, reflecting on how lucky we are,” Trudeau said. Rahimi came to Canada with his wife, three-year-old daughter and a baby who is now a month-and-a-half old as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban this year. Rahimi said he loved working at the Canadian Embassy, and found Canadians to be friendly. “Thank you, thank you for having us here and thank you for everything you did,” he said. More than 1,000 refugees from Afghanistan have arrived in Canada since the Taliban took over their home country in the summer. The government has committed to resettling 40,000 people from Afghanistan. Trudeau said Canadians are happy that Rahimi and his family are safe. “We’re happy to bring you here for the next phase of your life,” Trudeau said.

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