Refugees should be left to their privacy

I can’t help but wonder, however, if we are being respectful when we publish details of their history in the newspaper.

I find it heartwarming to see the enthusiasm with which many in our valley are welcoming refugees from Syria.

I can’t help but wonder, however, if we are being respectful when we publish details of their history in the newspaper.

It would be difficult for them to consent to this, when they are arriving in a new country with little understanding of how things work here.

How will children feel when they attend school where everyone knows details of their past?

Arriving in a new country after circumstances have led to fleeing the home you loved is overwhelming enough.

I would think part of what we could offer as community is a respect for privacy, without letting our need to feel good about helping taking precedence.

 

Connie Masson

North Cowichan

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