A refugee from Syria, who was forced to spend 9 months in a limbo at a Malaysian airport, was granted permanent residency by Canada under their refugee sponsorship program. He is headed for Vancouver now. Now, this may seem like an everyday news, but wait until you find out his whole story.
His name is Hassan al-Kontar and he has been stuck in a Malaysian airport since March. He was not allowed to enter Malaysia because of visa issues and was also not allowed to travel to other countries as well. He shared a short version of his heart-wrenching story on Twitter earlier this year:
As it can be seen, he submitted an application to get rehabilitated at Canada in April. Hassan al-Kontar has been posting various photos and videos since he got stuck at the airport. The posts show him surviving on donated food, bathing at public toilets at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and even giving himself a haircut.
His lawyer Andrew Brouwer told the media that Hassan was put on a Vancouver-bound flight on Monday. He also said that his client was recognised by Canada as a refugee and was granted permanent residency under the country’s refugee sponsorship programme.
Hassan shared the news with his followers on Twitter by posting a video. Take a look:
Breaking news ✌✌ pic.twitter.com/o2vQGROBdS
— Hassan Al Kontar (@Kontar81) November 26, 2018
Naturally, Twitterati were delighted to know that Hassan will finally have a home in Canada. They expressed their joy by commenting on Hassan’s video. Take a look at some of the tweets:
I am so happy for you. I have been worried for a while and your freedom brings me so much joy! Thanks Canada! @JustinTrudeau
— Srishti Tomer (@CantFindHandle) November 26, 2018
OH MY GOD! THIS IS AMAZING NEWS!!!! CONGRATULATIONS. And bravo to #Malaysia for ensuring the #humanrights of Hassan. And yes, Hassan, you are right: may we continue to keep working & calling for the safety of those refugees still in camps and on the road… Bless you.
— Girija (@SciYoga) November 26, 2018
Best news, wish you the best, best luck with your new home, Kontar🌹😊❤️ Thank you Canada ❤️
— #AssadMustGo (@Bivi_17) November 26, 2018
Congratulations! You suffered a lot man, hope it’ll be joy in future.😊
— Faraaz Khan 🇮🇳 (@AIMIM_faraaz) November 26, 2018
So so so very happy for you, this is literally the best news, really is, so much love to you Hassan 💞🙋♀️❤️
— Vicky Flynn (@FlynnWobez) November 26, 2018
Are you too happy for Hassan? Let us know in the comments.