Edna Harding has some bad news: the Canadian government has cancelled Central United’s private sponsorship of two Syrian refugees. When administrators went to the camp to find the mother and son pair, they had disappeared. Harding says, “we are not sure if they were taken off the private sponsorship list and placed on the government sponsored list or if they simply left the camp. We may never find out.”
“Everyone in our group has experienced an overwhelming sense of loss”, she writes. “It feels as if we have lost a friend even though we never even knew their names.”
A group of west-end United churches had sponsored the refugees. Undeterred, they are meeting this week to “regroup and charge ahead” with another sponsorship. They are confident that they will soon be able to find another family in need.