Student Refugee Program Open House [Pictures]

On November 27, 2010, in Events, by admin

The Student Refugee Program Open House on November 18 gave students at the University of Alberta the opportunity to meet Akol, the student they helped sponsor this year. Among the students that came to meet Akol were the Vice President Operations & Finance and the Vice President Academic of the Students’ Union.

We received a great deal of support from students, and for that we are thankful. Without the help of students at the UofA, we would not be able to sustain this program.

The Gateway’s Simon Yakulic profiled Akol and the Student Refugee Program here.

Quir is the latest student refugee to come to the U of A as part of the program. After arriving in Canada this past August, the 20-year-old is now studying for a Bachelor of Science degree.

“It is great that I’ve finally made it to Canada. It is a long process, and a long dream that you wait for a very long time,” Quir said. “It finally comes out of hard work and determination.”

While Quir joked that he sometimes feels like he’s going to freeze when he walks to class from International House, he’s dealt with tougher circumstances. When he was young, southern Sudan was in a state of chaos.

“Our village was attacked when I was about two-and-a-half years old. So I fled with my parents — and I didn’t know what was happening, but I could see dead people all around, houses were burning beyond recognition. So we fled,” Quir said.

Attached are some pictures from the event. Check out our Facebook Page for more pictures.