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In an house in Istanbul this spring, Mahone Bay, N.S., resident MJ Sakurai pored over immigration papers with a household she’d by no means met. It was all a part of her mission to reunite a Syrian household that was torn aside by civil struggle.

For months, Sakurai had been serving to the Hamo household. A number of the Hamo household have already come to the small South Shore city as privately sponsored refugees, however many stay trapped in Turkey.

In Might, Sakurai determined to take a detour from her trip in Greece to go to the Hamos in individual in an try to hurry up the tedious refugee sponsorship course of.

Sakurai, who was additionally joined by two translators a good friend in Nova Scotia linked her with, mentioned they spent about 12 hours filling out the applying kinds.

“I might see that they’d be an actual asset to Canada,” she mentioned. “They’ve abilities, they’re hardworking, they’re prepared to study. And it is a household unit. They need to be reunited.”

‘They cannot keep’

Sakurai​ was a part of a gaggle that sponsored Shahnaz Hamo, Rezan Iso and their younger son, Ali, to come back to Mahone Bay within the fall of 2016.

Sakurai promised to do what she might to assist the remainder of Hamo’s household get to Nova Scotia.

Hamo’s dad and mom, siblings, in-laws and nephews have been residing in Istanbul since 2012 after they fled Damascus.

They’re amongst a Kurdish minority in Turkey.

Eight members of Shahnaz Hamo’s household, together with her dad and mom and siblings, are nonetheless caught in Turkey. (Submitted by South Shore Refugee Household Reunification)

“They cannot keep,” Hamo mentioned. “It is exhausting to remain there for Kurdish folks as a result of we do not belief the federal government.”

The household’s sponsorship software was accepted by the Canadian authorities final month, however that is only one step in a protracted course of.

Sakurai​ is a part of the South Shore Refugee Household Reunification group, which has about 10 members.

Shahnaz Hamo says she speaks together with her household usually, however doesn’t have any solutions as to after they’ll be capable of reunite. (Emma Smith/CBC)

Along with serving to the household navigate the immigration course of, the group is relentless in its fundraising and has already raised 75 per cent of its $ 54,000 objective to help the Hamos of their first 12 months in Canada.

The group is working with the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, which is performing because the sponsorship settlement holder. Their newest fundraiser is a Syrian feast on Saturday night on the Mahone Bay Centre.

Sakurai mentioned with the ability to sit with the household of their lounge has given new which means to the reunification group’s work.

Plans to develop household enterprise 

Hamo’s brothers are tailors, like her husband Iso, who’s often called the Syrian Tailor of Mahone Bay. He opened a storefront final fall, and hopes to develop the enterprise as soon as his spouse’s household is there to assist.

For now, Hamo talks to her household on the telephone, Skype and sends them pictures of Mahone Bay.

Hamo’s brothers hope to hitch Rezan Iso’s tailoring enterprise in Mahone Bay. (Emma Smith/CBC)

Whereas she does not know after they’ll be capable of depart Turkey, she reassures them that individuals within the small city are form, and it is nothing like busy Istanbul.

“I mentioned, it is a very quiet nation, however it’s lovely,” she mentioned with fun.

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In 1993, Boston priest Chris Schiavone was despatched to the Southdown Institute for some “therapeutic renewal” after admitting to church superiors that he’d been concerned in a homosexual relationship with a 26-year-old seminarian.

Among the many sufferers on the clergy rehab centre north of Toronto had been a couple of who had been accused of molesting youngsters, he stated, together with the very priest who had baptized Schiavone years earlier.

“My response to that was very combined. A part of that’s, ‘Wow, that is fairly horrifying,'” Schiavone stated in an interview with CBC Information. “After which one other a part of it was so deeply unhappy. So deeply unhappy [that] this one that performed some function in my very own non secular journey, within the non secular lives of so many individuals, is now right here.”

Whereas Schiavone stated his expertise there was a constructive one, Southdown and remedy centres prefer it have come beneath renewed scrutiny following the latest grand jury report about clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. The greater than 1,300 pages embody allegations church officers would cover clergymen accused of molesting youngsters at rehab centres earlier than reassigning them. 

However Dr. Samuel Mikail, a psychologist who was scientific director on the Southdown Institute from 2002 till 2015, stated in his expertise, the big majority of church management that referred folks to the rehab centre “had been hoping that one thing significant can come out of the expertise.”

“By way of the individual coming to readability in regards to the harm that they’ve accomplished to others after which to start to actually work on that internally, each from a psychological and non secular viewpoint,” he stated.

Southdown employs a workforce of psychologists and psychiatrists who largely cope with clergy affected by mental-health points similar to alcoholism and despair. However a small variety of clergymen accused of molesting youngsters are additionally despatched there.

It was one of many remedy services talked about within the grand jury report launched final week that claims tons of of Roman Catholic clergymen in Pennsylvania engaged in sexual abuse since the 1940s.

The report says a minimum of seven Pennsylvania clergymen had been despatched to Southdown for remedy. However the institute’s evaluation of a few of these clergymen — that they need to by no means be close to youngsters — did not appear to discourage the church from permitting them to proceed to play a job in church actions.

A grand jury report claims to doc seven many years of kid sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen in Pennsylvania. It says church officers allowed clergymen to proceed restricted or common duties regardless of credible allegations of abuse. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

In a minimum of one case, in 1984, Southdown officers warned  priest who had admitted to sexually molesting a 14-year-old baby and had obtained remedy there for eight months shouldn’t be put able the place he would have accountability for adolescents, the report says.

But the church appeared to disregard the institute’s recommendation, and later assigned the priest to a parish in Conshohocken, Pa., with a grade faculty and inspired him to “educate youth.”

‘They had been robust’

Schiavone stated his personal eight-month stint at Southdown offered the assistance he wanted to cope with his personal emotional turmoil following the revelation of his affair, popping out as a homosexual man and choice to depart the church.

He remembers that in group remedy classes, these clergymen who had been there for molesting youngsters weren’t let off the hook by the therapists. 

“They had been robust. If somebody was making an attempt to kind of stroll again their private accountability, or somebody was making an attempt to rationalize why it was they thought they might return safely to the ministry, not one of the therapists I noticed would stand for it.”

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Toronto informed The Canadian Press it sends clergymen to Southdown periodically “to cope with quite a lot of points, for instance despair, alcohol or different comparable conditions, in addition to psychological assessments if wanted.”

Dr. Samuel Mikail, a psychologist, was scientific director of the Southdown Institute from 2002 till 2015. (LinkedIn)

Dorothy Heiderscheit, the CEO of Southdown, wouldn’t touch upon the latest grand jury report or speak in regards to the function of the power, as a substitute referring CBC to the institute’s web site.

But the grand jury report paints a bleak image about using a few of these kinds of services. Whereas not singling out Southdown, it stated different centres in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Mexico “laundered accused clergymen, offered believable deniability to the bishops, and permitted tons of of recognized offenders to return to ministry.”

Not sharing info

Dr. Mikail stated in circumstances of sexual molestation of youngsters, Southdown’s function was to both assess the credibility of the allegations or, when it was clear that abuse had occurred, mitigate any sexual behaviour which may put another person in danger.

Nonetheless, there have been some circumstances, he stated, the place it grew to become evident that church officers weren’t sharing all the data they might have had on a specific priest.

‘You are informed that there was one or two cases of this sort of behaviour, the place in actual fact there have been many extra cases that had been recognized.”

And making a analysis of pedophilia, Mikail stated, is partially primarily based on the frequency of the behaviour. 

Mikail stated in his expertise, he did not consider the church ignored their assessments outright. What was extra prone to occur, he stated, is that Southdown would make suggestions  priest have a “restricted ministry” or no ministry or be positioned in a monastery the place they’d not have contact with the general public.

Church officers would decide that the person has been on superb behaviour for fairly a time period, that remedy had been profitable and the restrictions may start to be relaxed, Mikail stated.

“I feel it was a restricted understanding of the truth that when somebody has a pedophilic curiosity that is not one thing that modifications.”

Patrick Wall is a former priest turned activist for victims of clergy sexual abuse. He says abusive clergymen ought to be handled in secular services with no ties to the church. (Jeff Anderson & Associates web site)

Patrick Wall, a former priest turned activist for victims of clergy sexual abuse, stated non secular superiors would use Southdown to collect as a lot info as they might about these clergymen dealing with molestation allegations, similar to what number of felonies they might have dedicated. 

“In addition they used it as a defend,” he stated, “within the sense that in the event that they wanted to get anyone out of a jurisdiction rapidly as a result of they thought that an arrest was imminent or civil lawsuits had been going to be filed then they’d ship them out of the USA into Southdown particularly for that objective.”

Wall, who has consulted on greater than 200 circumstances of clergy abuse within the U.S., stated clergymen should not be handled at a lot of these services as a result of they’re too carefully linked to the church. 

“There is no objectivity,” he stated. “And I feel with a view to defend the widespread good and to guard youngsters sooner or later, the clergymen ought to be despatched to secular establishments with a view to be handled correctly.”

Ottawa is sending within the Armed Forces as B.C. offers with one more harmful wildfire season that is pressured hundreds of individuals out of their houses.

The provincial authorities made a proper request for assist Monday, and the federal authorities has already responded with a pledge of 200 troops, in addition to plane to assist transfer folks and provides.

“We’re bringing within the further sources we have to preserve folks and communities as protected as doable,” B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson mentioned in a press launch.

“I thank the federal authorities and the Canadian Armed Forces for his or her help, and likewise ask British Columbians to do their half by following burning bans to stop human-caused fires.”

When the troops arrive, they will assist with mopping up and patrolling fires which have already been contained, beneath the supervision of the B.C. Wildfire Service. Plane will help by transferring crews to new fires, bringing provides to fireplace camps and evacuating folks from distant areas.

As of Monday morning, greater than three,400 firefighters and help employees from throughout the nation and all over the world had been battling about 600 wildfires in B.C. Greater than 2,876 sq. kilometres of the province has burned, and a complete of three,100 folks have been ordered to depart their houses.

The announcement of reinforcements from the federal authorities follows one other busy weekend for firefighters, when practically 150 new fires had been ignited by lightning strikes.