Within four days of arriving in Canada, this master tailor - who happens to be a Syrian refugee - saved a wedding with his sewing skills.
Though Canada and the U.S. are neighbors, their policies on accepting Syrian refugees differ dramatically. Whereas the northern country has accepted over 30,000 displaced individuals – around 86 refugees per 100,000 Canadian citizens, the U.S. agreed to welcome only 10,000 – approximately 3 for every 100,000 U.S. citizens. Many argue that America could do more, especially since it is largely to blame for the Syrian crisis which began in 2011.
Regardless, a number of people in Canada are happy to be neighbors with refugees from Syria, and one such individual is Jo Du. The bride was preparing for her special day when the zipper on her dress broke. While a number of attendees scrambled to find pliers, a few guests walked over to a nearby residence to where David Hobson lives.
When they returned, they brought some fascinating news: Hobson had recently opened his house up to refugees from Syria, and one of the individuals who had relocated was a master tailor. The refugee, named Ibrahim Haili Dudu, was more than happy to help. Using Google Translate, the wedding party was able to communicate with Dudu who had relocated to Canada just four days prior.
He stitched up Jo’s dress in front of an astonished wedding party. Thanks to photographer Lindsay Coulter, the incredible moment was captured.
Coulter wrote on Facebook:
“Every weekend I take photos of people on the happiest days of their lives, and today one man who has seen some of the worst things our world has to offer came to the rescue. I am so proud to live in Canada, a country who has opened our doors to refugees countless times. I’m in awe of the families who have welcomed these strangers in to their homes and lives, and I’m inspired by the resilience of the Syrian people. We are truly blessed.”
As GoodNewsNetwork relays, the encounter was even more fateful because Jo and her husband are both immigrants themselves.
Fortunately, this incident has left spectators with a lot to think about. Just like it is inaccurate to group all Christians with members of the KKK, it is wrong to assume that all Syrian refugees are Muslim terrorists associated with Daesh. In reality, the majority of civilians fleeing from war-torn countries want the same things as you and your neighbor: a safe area to reside, good schools for their children, clean water, safe food, and comfortable accommodation to live one’s life in relative peace.
If you’d like to support Dudu and his family, please consider contributing to the Go Fund Me campaign.
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