“When you’ve been forced to leave everything, it is difficult to cope with.” Since arriving to Canada in 2005, Ibrahim has overcome many challenges—financial hardship, finding safety and shelter, overcoming post-traumatic stress. He says, “Resettling is even more challenging when you are from a community that has experienced discrimination and persecution in your homeland.”
Once a doctor in Afghanistan, Ibrahim now works with Hazara community members in Canada to help refugees and immigrants overcome fear and improve their lives through the Canadian Hazara Humanitarian Services (CHHS). Founded in 2019, CHHS is a nonprofit organization that seeks to offer comprehensive community-based services that provide settlement, social, cultural, legal, and educational assistance to support the integration of refugees and immigrants in Canada and reduce the marginalization of minorities.
Their message is simple: “We can help and we can do this together.” The Hazara community has experienced a lot of pain but Ibrahim envisions a brighter future.