The Families WKFoR is Sponsoring

In its first five years, WKFoR has sponsored three families to Canada. Aung Ko Ko Latt, his wife Lun Lun San and their son Samuel arrived from Malaysia after escaping from Burma and living without status in Kuala Lumpur for some time. Ruta Zakarias and her sons Eyobed and Yonathan escaped from Eritrea and had been living in Cairo and had been helped by a Christian Orthodox church. Teysir and Hiba Misto, and their son Fevvaz are Syrian, originally from Aleppo and had fled to Turkey, where they had been living for several years with their extended families.

As refugees, these people have no possibility of being resettled permanently. They cannot return home for fear of arrest, further persecution and violence based on ethnicity or religion. Canada, and groups like ours, offer them a better future by providing permanent asylum.


Syrian refugee crisis: Fast facts

This welcome guide for Syrian children and families from a Toronto organization: Caring_for_Syrian_Refugee_Children-final will be a helpful resource.


Burma (taken from Andrew Bennett’s Telegraph article)

The Mon are a minority group with ancient roots in Burma. They are among several ethnic minorities who have suffered extreme persecution since a corrupt and brutal military dictatorship took control of Burmain 1962. Nearly fifty years later, the regime still adds daily to its long and bleak list of human rights abuses.

Gross mismanagement by Burma’s despots led to student protests in 1988 that were repressed with bullets and beatings that took the lives of hundreds of civilians. The violence triggered widespread protests and the military killed thousands more “communist infiltrators.” Martial law was declared and the 1974 Constitution was swept away under the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), an acronym that now conjures images of murder and torture.

In 1989 the military government changed Burma’s name to “Myanmar” and moved towards restoring a revised constitution. Multiparty elections were held in May, 1990, and the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory despite having its two leaders, U Tin U and Aung San Suu Kyi held under house arrest for a year prior to the election.

But the military wouldn’t allow the People’s Assembly to convene and kept the NLD’s leaders under house arrest. Since that time, little has changed: the military use fear and violence to exert their power as they sell Burma’s rich resources to foreign investors. Many people have fled the terrible regime and live in refugee camps in Thailand or Malaysia.




This article from the Independent, June 2015, gives some indication of why there are so many refugees coming out of Eritrea: