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Joy and relief as first batch of Hindu and Sikh Afghan refugees arrive in Canada
By Barfi Culture Team
13th March 2019

As the first batch of Afghan refugees came through the arrivals lounge at Calgary Airport, a welcome party was ready. The Canadian minister for defence Harjit Singh Sajjan was there to greet them.

It has taken a long time to get here.

The two families represented just the start of a new journey, not the end. Campaigners hope the first batch will be followed by more Afghan refugee families being offered asyum in Canada.

This work had become the personal mission of Manmeet Singh Bhullar, a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Greenway. He died in a tragic accident in 2015 but his family and others carry on that work.

After the devastating terror attack on Afghan Sikh and Hindu leaders in July last year, there was added pressure on the Canadian government to do more.




The World Sikh Organization of Canada last night said it was "delighted" to welcome Afghan refugees.

WSO President Mukhbir Singh said: "The arrival of the first Afghan Sikh and Hindu families to Canada is a proud moment for our community and a tribute to the vision and efforts of Manmeet Singh Bhullar."

"The WSO is proud to have been a part of the team that has been working on this project with Manmeet and his family since 2015. We thank the Government of Canada for their assistance in this process and look forward to the expeditious processing of the Afghan Sikh and Hindu refugee applications still in queue."

Over 1000 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan are still in dire straits and face severe religious persecution, the WSO added, and called on the Canadian government to help them too.







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