Sandra – Colombia

My name is Sandra. My husband and I and our 2-year-old son did not come to Canada by choice. I am a journalist and journalism is a risky occupation in Colombia. A paramilitary organization made serious threats against my life because of my reporting on stories of corruption, organized crime and human rights violations. We managed to escape and came to Canada seeking safety and protection.

The first several months were a huge challenge for us. We could not have done it without the support of the people we met at the refugee shelter where we stayed when we first arrived in Canada.

We thank God that we had a successful refugee hearing and are grateful that we can stay in Canada. Canada is a peaceful country and we feel safe here. We have made many new friends that have become like family to us. We are studying English and our language skills are rapidly improving. We are eager to find work and to contribute to our new home. We have hope again!