Community throws surprise wedding for Syrian refugees
A group of volunteers in Saskatoon, a city in Saskatchewan, Canada, came together to throw a Syrian couple a surprise wedding ceremony. Mohamad Al-Noury and Athar Farroukh were forced to flee their country ten days after they were married because of a bombing, CBC reports. They weren't able to record or photograph their nuptials.
CBC reporter Eman Bare first encountered the couple while writing a story about the mental health of refugees. "I started taking pictures of them towards the end [of our interview] for my story and the woman, Athar, said that, 'I never got to have wedding pictures.' I just started thinking, and I said, 'Well I have a camera. If you want tomorrow, I can take a couple wedding-type pictures for you,'" Bare says.
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After posting her plan on Facebook, groups and individuals offered their support in throwing a surprise wedding ceremony for the couple. Volunteers donated a dress, suit, cake, and reception space.
The couple, who believed they were going to a photoshoot, were notified about the ceremony only a few minutes before entering. About 50 people including friends of the couple and complete strangers were there to celebrate.
"We're blessed that we're in Saskatoon and we've seen a lot of great things and met a lot of great people and it's a dream come true for us," Farroukh said through an interpreter.
"I shared it with my friends on WhatsApp," Al-Noury told CBC News. "All my friends saw the video, and they were happy. And surprised."The couple now hopes that their families will be able to join them in Canada.
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