AJAs 2016 Finalists


Date Aired or Published Oct. 1-4
Media outlet where first aired or published: The Daily Gleaner
Name of Program:
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Fredericton, NB
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Running time (TV/Radio):

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

I was born in Iraq in 1995. I lived there until 2006. The Iraq war began in 2003, so I know how living in a war zone impacts one's mental health. Using my Arabic skills, I interviewed many Syrian refugee families in Fredericton and other cities over the summer of 2016. I listened to their stories and I wrote about many issues such as employment, education, language and how their first Ramadan in Canada is going. Syrians I spoke to had vastly different life experiences, but they all had one thing in common: trauma. So on my last days at The Gleaner I decided to explore the impact that had on their mental health and whether New Brunswick was prepared for these sometimes imperceptible needs.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

I spent 10 consecutive days on this series while still writing some news and handling the early-morning shift. My cabs were paid for but there was no other extra payment involved. I used my own sources, did all interviews with Syrians in Arabic and translated them myself.

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