Ottawa, Ontario — January 16, 2017 — Nabil Al-Dabei, a Syrian refugee, has found work as a collision repairer at CSN-Bemac Auto Body in Ottawa after his own collision shop in Syria was destroyed. Al-Dabei and his family came over from the war-torn country about 14 months ago, sponsored by Saint Basil’s Church’s Refugee Committee.
Since the breakout of the conflict in Syria during the “Arab Spring” of 2011, more than 10 million Syrians have been either internally displaced or have had to seek refuge in foreign countries.
Many refugees have been sponsored by church groups, such as the Saint Basil’s Refugee Committee, who sponsored the Al-Dabei family. Nabil’s youngest three children are attending Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School, and his oldest is enrolled in an extended ESL program at Saint Pius X Catholic High School.
Al-Dabei owned a body shop back in Syria, but was forced to leave …