ChekNews - William Goldiet fled Sudan in 1994 and lived, initially, as an illegal migrant in Lebanon.
“If I remained [in Sudan], I don’t know if I could have been alive today or if I would’ve been dead,” Goldiet said. “Because I know many people who lost their lives.”
He became a refugee shortly after arriving in Beirut and spent the next 15-and-a-half years of his life in Lebanon.
Finally, two churches sponsored him to come to Canada.
“It’s very hard,” he said. “Losing people you grew up with… and then you find yourself in a strange country where you know nobody.”
Despite the freedoms promised here, it was not an easy decision to leave his community behind.
“When you lose your community, it’s a great loss,” he said. “We have a saying in Africa: ‘I am who I am because of who we all are.’ So when you lose that community, you become powerless.”
He eventually became a settlement worker for the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.