Let me start off by saying that Canada is a beautiful and blessed country. We are living in a country where we do not need to worry about whether or not we will have dinner on the table, nor do we worry about where we will sleep tonight, and never will we question our safety like refugees. I hate hearing people complain about being in Canada because they do not know and will never know what it feels like to be a refugee.
My family is from Syria, a country in the Middle East that continues to be torn apart. A country powered by dictatorship and 'rightful' ruling of government simply because of blood relations. No person qualifies to be the next president of Syria, unless of course, your last name is Assad. But who cares about the land anymore? And who cares about the person in power and the government? The issue now lies in the exponentially growing number of internationally recognized refugees and their struggles hereinafter. Canada is a remarkable country and leader in regards to humanitarian action and services available to refugees.
'Everybody's Children' is powerful because it documents the lives of two refugees who have arrived in Canada. What is most powerful about it is the beginning, where Joyce cries at an acceptance letter that arrives in the mail. Not the typical university acceptance letter that many of us have received, but a letter that identifies her as an asylum seeker. What a difference in perspective. I also found it amusing when the Red Cross driver asked Sallieu if he knew what the CN Tower was (obviously Sallieu did not). But what was comedic was that the driver told him he should have looked up Canada before arriving here, obviously unaware of Sallieu's situation.
I found it amazing that regardless of their struggles, Joyce stays true to her faith and consistently thanks God for everything He has provided for her in her new home. I was very happy to see that Sallieu never took his education for granted and always strived to be the best in his classes. I remember when I was in elementary and high school, many students skipped and refused to participate or come to school. Now, all of us are trying to achieve and be the best that we can be because we matured and realized that education is important. I wish and hope that future generations see the value in education and how blessed we are to be living in a country like Canada.