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OCASI letter re: Canada's humanitarian response to crisis in Sudan
May 3, 2023 / Toronto
OCASI wrote to Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship and Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs in support of the safe repatriation of Sudanese Canadians who are currently fleeing from the war in Sudan.
May 2023 / Toronto
The stories of escape from escalating indiscriminate violence are harrowing. An adult daughter sharing how it took her and her diabetic mother six days to get to the Egyptian border. Another telling of calling Global Affairs Canada to register herself and family as bullets and bombs dropped all around them and being told to ‘shelter in place’; not hearing back until weeks later when a call came that there was space on a German airlift at a place twenty-five kilometers away. She made it and is now back home in Canada.
The last week of March was a perfect storm. A gathering or cascade of negative news for our most marginalized communities and individuals made vulnerable by systems and political priorities that broaden and deepen the chasm between those who own and control points of access and those who are seen as expendable.