“The men clung to the sides of the rink, like they were drowning. Their gangly legs splayed out under them like newborn fawns.”
That’s how Ottawa resident Lauren Dobson-Hughes described, on Twitter, seeing two young men attempting to skate at the Rink of Dreams outside of Ottawa City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first time either man had stepped foot on ice.
As it turns out, the first-timers were refugees from Burundi, who arrived in Canada only a week before.
In a series of tweets, Dobson-Hughes described witnessing strangers step in to offer help and encouragment. She started her account by writing that the young men, with their “hoodies and long legs”, appeared “skitterish” on the ice.
“The men painfully, slowly inched their way around the rink, clinging to the sides,” she wrote.
Dobson-Hughes told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview on Thursday, that the men looked like …