Toronto resident Rebecca Davies captured an adorable moment on Saturday of two Etriean child refugees seeing snow for the first time. The viral video features the seven-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother, who recently arrived in Canada after fleeing east Africa, wearing heavy winter coats as they dance and clap excitedly in the falling snowflakes.
“A first snowfall for Eritrean children new to Canada. #NewcomersWelcome #WelcomeToCanada #RefugeesWelcome #privatesponsorship #BVOR,” tweeted Davies, who is currently hosting the children, along with their mother and two other siblings, through the Ripple Refugee Project. The family of five, who had been living in a Sudanese refugee camp for the last five years, will stay with Davies until they find permanent housing.
— Rebecca Davies (@RebsD) November 10, 2018
The heartwarming video has received so much attention on Twitter, with over 2.9 million views and 26,000 shares, that even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau retweeted it. “Amazing – now convince them that shoveling is fun and you’re all set. Thank you for everything you do, Rebecca,” he joked, adding the hashtag “#WelcomeToCanada.”
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 12, 2018
Other users chimed in with sweet responses for Davies, saying “You are a hero. Thank you for your love & generosity,” while others shared well wishes for the children themselves. One user tweeted, “Oh my gosh, how adorable! Welcome to Canada, little ones, we’re happy you’re here!”
Davies later responded to her original post as well, noting, “Their (single) mother is a superhero. She has four kids under 7, fled a war, survived a refugee camp, and made it to Canada. She’s resourceful and resilient. I’m hoping it also makes others ‘rethink their stance’ on the topic of newcomers and immigration.”