(1/3) If someone told me that on my 19th anniversary of being in Canada, I would have so many successes and blessings to look back on, I would have never believed them. I immigrated to Canada as a refugee in 1999 when I was three, from war-torn Kosovo. Ever since then, Canada has been a safe haven for my family and I. Just like any other victim of the Kosovo war, we were deprived of our rights, freedoms, safety, and happiness. Above all else, I lost my Father during the war. He will always be my greatest loss in life. ❣️ Mem pas thanë dikush se në 19 vjetorin e të qënit në Kanada, do të kisha kaq shumë suksese dhe bekime ne jet, kurrë nuk do t'i kisha besuar. Unë kam emigruar në Kanada si refugjat në vitin 1999, kur isha 3 vjeç ne kohen kur Kosova ishte e shkatërruar nga lufta. Prej asaj kohë, Kanadaja ka qenë një strehë e sigurt për mua dhe familjen time. Ashtu si çdo viktimë e luftës në Kosovë, ne patum humbur drejtat tona, lirinë, sigurinë dhe lumturinë tonë. Mbi të gjitha, une e humba Babain tim gjatë luftës. Ai do të jetë gjithmonë humbja ime më e madhe në jetë.
While it has been and will always be difficult for me growing up without any memories of my Father, I know that it has been much more difficult for my Mother. She was left alone to raise six children on her own. To this day, I have no idea how she kept us all safe during the war and she has raised us all so well. I will forever be indebted to Canada and the individuals who welcomed us to this wonderful country as if we were all family. Canada has given me the opportunity to make my Father proud by doing something with my life to show that he did not sacrifice his life and die for nothing.
Looking back on these 19 years, I am happy because although I did not have a peaceful a childhood, I am strong because I survived a war that was composed of mass killings, genocide, and hate crimes. I am going to be a Lawyer soon. I fought through life’s adversities, and have achieved many of my goals.
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