Haifaa and Yasmine
From Syria (Left Syria in 2012 and moved to Lebanon, then Egypt and arrived in Canada in April 2019)
On their long journey Haifaa and Firas have carried few items that has significant meaning, items with sentiments that cannot easily be replaced or found on a shelf at a supermarket. Haifa, a former bus supervisor in Egypt and a mother to four children packed with her a beautiful pink and yellow handmade crocheted baskets her mother made for her and her daughter Yasmine back in Syria. Haifa’s mother gave her the pink one and gave the yellow one to her granddaughter. In this basket you can store whatever your heart desires.
“The baskets remind us of Syria, the smell of our country, something from our past, a memory of the beautiful days. They are a beautiful reminder of my mother, she’s still in Syria. We couldn’t leave it behind, we carried it with us to different countries. We have relatives in Syria, my husband’s brother got injured in the war, he’s still back there, so is my mother. We had to leave everything behind, we wish could have taken more, but we took the most important things. I’m glad we brought the baskets with us, my daughter and I have something that ties us to my mother. It’s making our resettlement Canada a bit easier, when my family sees the baskets it reminds us of the beauty we have known, it allows us to appreciate our families back home and their sacrifices, it reminds us of the old Syria we knew. Now that we are in Canada our dreams are for our children. We want them to achieve the things we couldn’t. We want to settle down and have some stability, we are exhausted, physically, psychologically, emotionally. We just want our family to be safe- that is all we wish for”. - Hiafaa