From one refugee generation to another
EDMONTON – Dr. Nhung Tran-Davies will never forget the January day she saw the Alshablis, a family fleeing war in Syria, walk through the doors of Edmonton International Airport.
Forty years ago, a group of sponsors — six families and a priest from Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Enoch, 25 km west of Edmonton— had met five-year-old Tran-Davies as she walked through those same doors as a refugee from Vietnam. A Canadian girl handed her a doll.
“That doll to me symbolized the kindness and compassion of Canadians, and to this day I hold on to that doll,” said Tran-Davies.