Feed Your Mind Series — Via Dolorosa: Stories of Syrian Refugee Women During the War on Syria and Their Migration to Canada

January 26, 2022 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Online via Zoom
University of Winnipeg Global College

On Wednesday, January 26, 12:30 – 1:30 PM, we welcome you to join our virtual event with Dr. Kathy Watad and Nur Watad presenting their recent publication, Via Dolorosa: Stories of Syrian Refugee Women During the War on Syria and Their Migration to Canada.

Via Dolorosa: Stories of Syrian Refugee Women During the War on Syria and Their Migration to Canada sheds light on the sacrifices that Syrian refugee women made before and after coming to Canada in 2016. It shows the amazing resilience these women possess in facing the darkest and harshest of conditions. These women share their stories about war and migration that they lived through in the last decade, after the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War. The sounds of bombs, people screaming, the crying of children, thick black smoke everywhere, corpses on the ground, escaping in the dark night, sleeping in animal pens and under trees are all experiences these Syrian women faced. Feelings of fear, hunger, and loss left them feeling hopeless.

Stuck in their hearts and minds is the pain of the war that they endured that is still ongoing today, every day in various regions in Syria, which led and continues to lead to the displacement of millions of Syrians, causing them to live in tents and in inhumane conditions. Our book describes suffering, resilience, helplessness; it describes hope, strength and weakness. In their stories, life finds its true meaning where despair and hope meet, and where sickness and wellness meet; as well as where fatigue and attempt, defeat and victory, and death and life meet. On their journey to Canada, after years of trauma in a distant, strange country, ignorant of its language, culture, and laws, these women begin tirelessly trying to collect sweet memories, hoping that the painful memories of the war will make them forget, or at least ease its impact on their hearts, so they can be set free and discover a land far away from fear and oppression.

Dr. Kathy Watad was born in Nazareth of Galilee, in occupied Palestine of 1948. She left for university in Jerusalem, and for two decades she worked as a university professor in the field of Teacher Education. She later moved with her family to Canada, where she works in the field of Education and family consultation, and is active in the issue of empowering immigrant women and relief humanitarian work. She has written and published two books, A Taste of Immigration and Echoes of a Soul, as well as three bilingual children’s books. She is also the owner of a successful business of empowering cards.

Nur Watad was born and raised in Jerusalem, and later left with her family to live in Canada. Today, she is a social and human rights activist and is currently completing her degree in Media and Journalism. She has co-authored writing three bilingual children’s books alongside her mother, Dr. Watad.

Date: Jan 26, 2022
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: ZOOM meeting format. This format allows you to see other attendees of the talk, ask questions directly, and exchange ideas. Please contact us at global.college@uwinnipeg.ca for the meeting link.