Back in her northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan, she and her husband refused to give their daughter to the local warlord. The warlord retaliated; Razia’s husband and son disappeared and her daughter was taken.
Fearing for her life, Razia boarded a plane to Canada with the financial help of family abroad.
Her first few months in Canada were the hardest, she says. The uncertainty of her life and the violent separation from her family took a toll on her health.
When Razia came to Sojourn House, she found comfort and relief. She received shelter and food. She met staff members who were able to communicate with her in her native language. She worked with counselors and doctors to help her overcome her health issues.
“My health has improved. I’m comfortable in my sleep and feel under control. I go to school. It’s been one year and three months now. It’s been a week since I’ve been taking a computer course, Excel…and I like to learn English. And to be a positive person in life”.
Where is Razia today…
In February of 2014 Razia was finally reunited with her family; husband, daughter son and nephew, they are all now living in Canada. Razia’s husband and daughter are in school learning English and her son is working on a plumbing apprenticeship. Razia was accepted as a conventional refugee, she is continuing her education and is happy to finally have her family with her.