After lengthy delays, five members of the same family have arrived to begin a new life.
An exhausting 24 hour journey from Beirut to Campbell River ended for Syrian refugees Tuesday evening, when their Central Mountain Air flight touched down at the Campbell River airport.
The five members of one family had been staying in Beirut after fleeing Latakia, Syria months earlier.
A civil war has raged in Syria for over five years, killing more than 250,000 people.
Members of the Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee were waiting behind a fence alongside the airport tarmac for the new arrivals.
“Very, very excited, very happy. Very proud to be a Campbell River resident. I’m just so happy for them. I’ve waited for this day and I’m very happy for them,” said supporter Mary Cook.
After disembarking, the newcomers smiled and waved and minutes later were greeted in the terminal by more supporters and family members already living here.
“I feel like I’m coming to my house. Nothing changed too much to me, really,” said Madi Bahroom, who arrived in Campbell River with his mother, his wife and their two boys.
He added he had to flee Syria and come to Canada because he has many hopes for his two boys.
“A more better life, because the life (in Syria), war, very difficult,” said Bahroom.
The community raise over $80 thousand to sponsor the family.
Five more members are the family are waiting for their documents to be processed before they can come to Canada.