It has been over four years since Canada made headlines for then prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau's commitment to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada, which enhanced the reputation of Canada as an inclusive country. In the time since, however, the results have been mixed. While Canada is a leader in resettling refugees, the structure and services to support them, ranging from housing to employment to mental health, aren't always there, leaving people isolated and uncertain of how to move forward.
One of those refugees is Mohamad Lazakani. Having resettled in Canada with his family in 2016, Mohammad has lived through bombings, fleeing to Turkey, and the struggles of having to rebuild his life on multiple occasions as a teenager. With this in mind, it is hard to imagine that one event can help someone overcome the trauma of being a refugee.
However, there are so many other factors that make Lazakani the person that he is. Whether it is through his growth as a photographer or his aspiration to go to medical school, he exemplifies how important a consistent and supportive community is to the healing process.
Mohamad joins hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson to discuss his experiences fleeing war, settling in Toronto, life after the inspirational news stories, and why he will always consider Syria home.
Download the episode transcript here.
Hosted by Gilad Cohen (founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate producer: Ron Ma.
Image: Gilad Cohen
Theme music created for The Hum by Jeff Morrow.
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