Bella, a 19 year old women, was a refugee trapped in Syria during times of war.
Bella lived in a refugee camp until one day, a representative from the United Nations asked if the refugees wanted to leave for Canada. Bella eagerly agreed.
Before she could enter Canada, Bella had to undergo a security screening, which included biometrics, such as fingerprints, digital photos and iris scans, which were checked against immigration, law enforcement and security databases. She was also interviewed by an immigration officer.
thank Allah for my good fortune
Along with many other priority refugees, such as complete families; women at risk; members of the LGBTI community; and single men, if accompanying their parents, she was flown to Canada using a privately chartered aircraft.
After a final ID check, Bella was moved to her new home. Privately sponsored refugees went directly to the community their sponsor lived in, while government assisted refugees like her were matched with communities with settlement support.
Through a mix of government and private support, Bella began her new life. That support included health care, clothing, basic household needs and staples for up to a year or until she was able to support herself.