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  • Farmer Who Lost Everything in Syrian War Looks to Set New Roots in NL

    A Syrian man, living in St John’s, hopes to one day return to an industry he worked in before his life was destroyed by conflict in his home country.

    Nezar Khalif aims to become a cattle and vegetable farmer in the province and yesterday, he took the first steps in joining the local agriculture sector.

    Khalif says he is very pleased to attend the Young Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador Leadership Summit, which continues at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in St. John’s today. He, and his family of eight children, moved to the province as refugees, almost two years ago.

    He says, in Syria, he farmed vegetables and over 60 head of cattle, for years, until war laid waste to his livelihood.

    Khalif is confident he will be a farmer once again and says, it’s only a matter of learning how to work in a different environment. He says he’s eager to learn about the weather here and how to solve challenges associated with a shorter growing season.

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