Palestinian family to move to Comox Valley

The paperwork has been sent off and the Abo-Nofal family are waiting to come to the Comox Valley.

The paperwork has been sent off and the Abo-Nofal family are waiting to come to the Comox Valley.

In the next two or three months, Ali, Laila, Reem, Mariam and Rana will leave the Al Hol refugee camp in northern Syria and fly out of Damascus to the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Refugee Support Committee will meet Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at Comox United Church.

The Abo-Nofals are a Palestinian family who had to flee persecution and violence in Iraq and have no citizenship, even though they spent their lives in Iraq. They have spent the past four years living in a United Nations camp and along with other families have been invited by Immigration Canada to come to Canada.

The Comox United Church’s refugee support committee is responsible for the financial and social needs of the family for one year. It is important that they be given the opportunity to settle in and  learn English.

If you  would like to learn more about the  family’s history, you can go online to Al Hol refugee camp, Syria or a YouTube 23-minute video done by Al Jazeera on a family who was settled in Vancouver. On Google put in al jazeera, witness, youtube, far from home, Tayem family.

“I am encouraged by the phone calls I have received during the last two weeks,” says Dave Talbot of the refugee support committee. “A children’s Me To We Global Justice group would like to fundraise for the three girls. We are receiving furniture, household items, toys and children’s books and even the offer of weekly music lessons!”

The committee is looking for a three-bedroom home, townhouse or apartment in the Courtenay Elementary area. It would appreciate hearing from someone who could provide an interim dry storage facility, such as a large garage or a storage locker.

Translators are also necessary and the committee would be happy to hear from anyone in the Comox Valley who speaks Arabic.

The greatest need is financial. The committee hopes to raise $30,000 to support the family for a year.

All donations are eligible for income tax receipts. Make cheques out to Comox United Church with Refugee Fund on the memo line and send to Comox United Church , 250 Beach Dr., Comox, B.C. V9M 1P9.

Phone Dave at 250-339-4975 or 250-218-7874 for more information.

— Comox Valley Refugee Support Committee

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CSWM is planning to increase the space for loading bays at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre. Record file photo
CSWM plans increase to number of Comox Valley landfill bays

The expansion prompted in part by COVID-19 spacing requirements

Cumberland is demanding a major clean-up at a Derwent Avenue property. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland orders massive clean-up at downtown house

Uninsured vehicles, illegal structures have been subject of multiple complaints

Andrea Cupelli of the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness told council the coalition’s needs assessment for non-market housing continues to grow throughout the region, as well as within Comox. . File photo
Coalition to end homelessness asking for additional funding from Comox

The coalition’s needs assessment for non-market housing continues to grow

Work on the first phase of renovations at the Village of Cumberland office is nearing completion. Record file photo
Cumberland office close to re-opening after reno

First phase with COVID measures should be done this month

Cumberland has long gone its own way when it comes to parks. Record file photo
Cumberland hesitant about regional park service

Community was left out of area park plan back fifty years ago

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virtually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Most Read