SETTLING IN SURREY: A child refugee's resiliency
Thursday, November 5, 2015

 It happened 17 years ago but the memory is as vivid as a nightmare Yansie Ardon has just awoken from. She recalls playing on the monkey bars in her gated El Salvador community when a man tried to break through the wall.

You can still see the fear in her eyes. Her hands move restlessly below the table as she tells the story. “I was just playing and all of the sudden I saw a man rushing through the fence. I started yelling to my grandma, ‘There’s a man! There’s a man!’ I could see him trying to jump the fence…. The man was wearing black, so he was obviously after someone.

“My grandma grabbed me and we just ran. I think that changed everything for me. I didn’t want to stay there.”

She was six. Ardon would only spend one more year in El Salvador before landing in Canada as a government-assisted refugee in 2000.

She believes it was her parents’ work in law that led to the family seeking refuge in another country. “My parents don’t talk much about why we came here. Just that it was safer here,” she said.

 

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Source: The Now