10 Powerful Photos of Syrian Refugees Living Across Canada

Photographer Annie Sakkab travelled to communities from the Yukon to Nova Scotia, where Syrian refugees are making lives alongside sponsors and volunteers


Canada has taken in more than 40,000 Syrian refugees since Nov. 2015, the initiative burned into Canadians’ brains by the iconic image of Justin Trudeau welcoming families at the airport. But a year and half later, shots of these newcomers are harder to come by. A photography project from the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) called From Far and Wide, set out to see how some of the refugees are faring now, focusing on a handful of communities across the country.

Annie Sakkab, a Palestinian-Canadian photographer based in Toronto, shot the families over the course of four months last year. She shares 10 of the most memorable moments here.

Sakkab currently has an exhibit exploring the agency of Arab women, “The Familiar Stranger,”  on display at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto (through June 11) as part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

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