Then, things changed so fast, that sometimes the thought of it still stuns him. Especially when he looks at Jim Estill.
“I can’t look to him, this guy,” Ahmed says, sitting next to Estill, weeping. “I respect him so much. Before I come here, I thought ‘Im dead. I’m dead.'”
We’re not using Ahmed’s last name, or that of his wife, Roluh, because they still have a son in Syria and are afraid that by speaking out they’ll put him at risk. 
The couple lives in a small efficiency apartment with another son, who’s 27 and has special needs. It was impossible for Ahmed and Roluh to give him the care he needed while the family fled Syria for Lebanon, and later Canada. Since arriving in Guelph, about an hour outside Toronto, he’s seen doctors and is improving, Roluh says.
This family was one of 50 Estill sponored with more than a $1 million …
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