Calgary couple celebrates the holidays after fleeing violence in Syria

Global News

The saying ‘home for the holidays’ has a very special meaning for a Calgarian and her Syrian husband.

Anya Sass and Habib Alibrahim arrived home in Calgary Saturday after being trapped in Syria for more than a year.

“It’s totally shocking, but we did it,” said Alibrahim, who had been waiting for travel documentation so he could come to Canada.

“It feels a little bit surreal that we’re here,” said Sass, who met Alibrahim three years ago while travelling in Syria and later married in 2012.

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The couple said living in Syria had become too risky, with ISIS fighters just kilometres away, and the threat of daily bomb attacks.

“This is the thing about Syria, you never know how quickly something is going to escalate,” said Alibrahim. “For example, now it’s fine, maybe tomorrow it will erupt into something else.”

The Canadian government had…

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