Canada’s Humanitarian Tradition: Argentinian Perspective

A former refugee from Chile recounts how she and her family fled her country and were helped by the United Nations to find refuge in Canada. She describes why it is important for Canadians to help Syrian refugees.

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Transcript: Canada’s Humanitarian Tradition: Argentinian Perspective

Video length: 1:05 minutes

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ROSALINDA PAREDES (Former Refugee): I formed my life here. I know what, you know, first-hand what it’s like to be afraid, to be on the run. And we ran, like, my family and I, we really did run for over a year until the UN and Canada got us out of Argentina. You know, the Canada that I know is a Canada that’s compassionate, that’s understanding, that’s resourceful, and that also needs immigrants, that also needs people to come here and continue to build the country. So, I believe that it is very important that we step up to help refugees, to help Syrian refugees.

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