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Chadia Kayinamura and Refugee Experience

year: Chadia Kayinamura, 23, stands with a painting inspired by her refugee experience, according to Toronto Star. Born in the Congo, she and her family spent 17 years as refugees in Uganda before immigrating to Canada last year. Collaborators from a slew of immigration settlement organizations, non-profits and universities in Halifax accepted five youth in the area to participate in the new program, which culminated in Saturday's exhibit of photography, paintings, poetry, and story-telling. Taryn Grant / Star Metro Halifax Project co-ordinator Louise Hanavan said the group met bi-weekly over the past year for workshops on social justice, activism and creative expression. They shared with each other peers who had faced similar migration challenges, and who continue to face similar settlement challenges in Canada. They also had lessons with a professional has really been a tool for them to share their experiences, she said. ( As reported in the news.