Refugee dreams of representing Canada in Paralympics while her family builds new life | Dima’s Game
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Refugee dreams of representing Canada in Paralympics while her family builds new life | Dima’s Game

February 11, 2020


(ping pong ball bouncing) (child mumbling
in the background) (child speaking
alternate language) (ping pong ball bouncing) Dima: Hello. (ping pong ball bouncing) (grunting) (laughter) Dima: You want to be a champion like your dad or like mom? Fares: Dad because
he started first. Dima: No, I think your
mom is pretty good. A good champion. Fares: Dad. Dima: No, mom. (laughter)
Fares: Dad. Osama: Dad. Thank you. (laughter) ♪ ♪ Fares: My dad when he was
little, the doctor said that he had something in his
legs that hurt him, so he couldn’t walk still. My mom, she was going to walk, and she was walking
and she was walking, and then she got
into a car accident. (cheering) (laughing) Fares: I feel good that my
parents are in a wheelchair and they’re teaching me sports. My brother is going to be big, he’s going to be a doctor
and a police officer. When he was three years old, he was like, “I want to
be the doctor, doctor.” He didn’t know
what he was saying and the last thing
was like police. (yelling) (speaking in alternate language) I would like to be a builder
and a police officer. Maybe we can see each other,
when we’re police officers. I just want to build
back my dad’s store because they have bread, and there was every
kind of bread, that my grandpa
was working there. (cooking oil sizzling) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (breathes quickly] (strained breathing) (laughter) (speaking alternate language) ♪ ♪ (child singing in background)
♪ (mwah)
(cheering) Aboodeh, good boy! (speaking Arabic) Abdul: Good boy. Osama/Dima: Good boy! Yes.
Abdul: No. Dima: Nice boy.
Abdul: Why a good boy? Hi Amanda! Amanda: Hello! Oh, look
how nice you look! I’m a speech language
pathologist. I’ve been working with Abdulrahim and his family
now for almost two years. I think we have a lot
of fun interacting, playing and of course,
when we do that, we can increase his exposure
to different words. Group: ♪ Hello Dima, I’m
happy to see you today ♪ (clapping) Amanda: When I come here,
I see a happy family, who’s very generous,
loving with their children. To me, I don’t necessarily,
on the outside, see people that have maybe had a lot of struggles
in their life. ♪ ♪ Fares: The people that are
killing my country, they’re bad. And the people that aren’t
killing my country, they’re good. I need to like save
a hundred countries. Some countries are
not that broken. First, I need to take
all the bad people out, until I build it,
until I save people. But maybe I need to
save people and build? ♪ (soft music) (fireworks exploding) Dima: Look, look, look!
Look, look, look! Fares: When I was little,
so many shootings that my dad had to put
his hands on my ears. [fire works exploding] [fire works exploding] ♪ ♪

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  1. These are the kind of refugees/immigrants that all Canadians welcome to our land! Engage the people, speak English and love the country as much as we all do… when I see Osama I’ll be sure to say hello!

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