Journey to Canada: Stories of Refugees – A Brighter Future

Journey to Canada: Stories of Refugees – A Brighter Future

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Transcript: “Journey to Canada: Stories of Refugees – A Brighter Future”

Video length: 4:30 minutes

Light music playing.

The video opens with an animation of a spinning globe and the Canadian flag waving in the background.

The title “Journey to Canada – Stories of Refugees” appears in the middle of the screen.

Children and adults are seen running away from an explosion.

Okach: “We leave because of the killing that took place in Gambela … We were attacked in the daylight, 450 were killed, then we ran.”

Graphic intro with images of the Dadaab refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya. People are walking around, carrying bags of food.

A child cries.

Pereleth (daughter of Okach) is shown running in the house. In front of a still image of Pereleth, a subtitle appears on the screen which reads “A Brighter Future.”

Pereleth is seen running around the house, outside, and blowing bubbles with her parents.

Narrator: Looking at Pereleth now, it’s hard to believe that it was only a short time ago that she was in a refugee camp in Africa.

Images of the Dadaab refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya. People are taking bags of food, others are walking around.

Narrator: Her future was limited by the confines of the very camp that was created to protect her.

Pereleth is seen playing at an outdoor park with her father, sliding and going on swings.

Narrator: But now, thanks to Canada’s refugee resettlement program, Pereleth and her parents, Okach and Ajulu, can look forward to a much brighter future.

Parents are playing at the park with their daughter. The mother, Ajulu, is swinging alongside her daughter while Okach is pushing Pereleth on the swing.

Narrator: The family has already been touched by the experience of freedom, and now they have dreams for Pereleth and for themselves.

The family is sitting at home in the living room.

Ajulu: I will achieve something in the future for her. Freedom to learn, freedom to talk, freedom to share what they have.

The camera turns to the father, Okach.

Okach: Before I came to Canada, my first plan was, I would go there because I was good at maths, science, biology, chemistry and physics.

The family is shown walking down the sidewalk.

Okach: I wanted to be a doctor when I was there. I changed my mind to go for a nurse course.

The mother blows bubbles while the daughter, Pereleth, chases the bubbles.

Okach: I decided to reduce my plan to the one that would not take so long. So, that I can help my family.

Images of the Dadaab refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya. People are walking around.

Narrator: Refugees often spend years or even their entire lives in a refugee camp. In many cases, they aren’t allowed to leave or legally work outside the camp. Some camps are so isolated and remote that the refugees have no options. All they can do is stay there and hope that someday, something will change.

A woman is seen walking, and children sitting together at the Dadaab refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya.

Narrator: Having fled unimaginable hardship and extreme violence, the future still holds little hope for these refugees.

Okach appears on the screen in Nairobi, Kenya.

Okach: Some of my relatives were killed, but I escaped.

The family is sitting in a waiting room in Nairobi, Kenya; the mother is feeding her daughter.

People are walking around at the refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya.

Narrator: For people like Okach and his family, dreams of a future beyond the violence would not have been realized if they stayed in the refugee camp. At a time when many countries are reducing the number of refugees they resettle each year from refugee camps and urban slums, Canada is welcoming more.

The video changes to a black and grey map of Canada being slowly populated with green figures. A caption appears reading “By 2013, Canada will welcome 14,500 refugees annually.”

Narrator: By 2013, Canada will welcome 20% more refugees or up to 14,500 refugees annually.

As more figures are added, a new caption appears that reads “By 2013, 11% of the global refugee resettlement population.”

Narrator: That’s about 11% of all the refugees resettled globally.

Various images of the Dadaab refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya.

Narrator: Since World War II, Canada’s refugee programs have helped more than one million refugees bring their experiences, hopes and dreams — and their skills — to Canada to help build an even richer and more prosperous society for us all.

New Canadian citizens are seen walking out of a citizenship ceremony by a marina.

Narrator: This includes more than 200,000 refugees who came here thanks to the kindness and generosity of private sponsors.

Various images of the Dadaab refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya, are shown.

Narrator: By increasing the number of refugees we resettle each year, Canada is providing protection for those most in need.

The family is seen walking together on the street in Canada.

The family is now sitting in the living room.

Okach: We are free to talk. We are free to do anything we like. Nobody confines us. We ARE NOT confined! We can go anywhere. We can go to Calgary … we can go. We are very happy.

“For more information on refugees and to find out how you can get involved, go to” appears on the screen.

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