Life of a Mesopotamian Refugee (2016)


Over the past month, ACSSU has been hard at work fundraising money to send to the refugees back home in Iraq and Syria. The fundraiser, known as Life of a Mesopotamian Refugee, ran from November 14th until November 18th. ACCSU was joined by active members who slept in front of McMaster and Ryerson University who had hopes of fulfilling two goals. The first was to raise awareness about the plight of the internally displaced peoples in former Mesopotamia (Iraq and Syria) who have been affected by the ongoing crisis caused by the Islamic State. The second was be to raise money to send to our chosen charity of CNEWA, which operates directly on the ground. The event concluded with the closing ceremonies on December 4th, held at Edessa Banquet hall. Carl Hétu, the national director for CNEWA, spoke to everyone present about his charity and his visits to middle eastern countries. 

We would like to thank everyone who made this happen. The amazing sleepers (Nivin Dinkha, Danno Sworesho, Nancy Birko, George Kasho, Yousif Rayes, Kathy Yachouh, Rosemary Yachouh, Feras Shamoun, Santino Sargoni, Eshu Paul) who slept outside of McMaster and Ryerson university in some of the coldest nights of November. Our sponsors (Carlo's Pizza, ANB, White Distillery, Newtonbrook Bowlerama, GPS Gabe's Plumbing, Rony's Rotisserie) who supported ACSSU's mission and our people back home. The hardworking volunteers who worked tirelessly to help ACSSU reach its goals. Lastly, the donors who believed in the fundraiser and allowed us to raise $15 837!

We hope that the money raised will be able to ease the lives, if only a little bit, of our people back home.

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