Ban Ki-moon praises ‘generous’ Canada for helping Syrian refugees

National Post Calgary - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his gratitude Friday for Canada’s response to the refugee crisis, praising citizens who extended “caring, warm hands” to people who had nowhere else to go.

In a speech at the University of Calgary, Ban said he was grateful for the “generous and compassionate” commitment of the Canadian government to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Ban met with Syrian refugee families in Calgary earlier in the day and recalled hearing from one mother whose deaf son was shot in the neck.

He said the woman told him: “I dream that my kids will do something good for Canada because Canada saved us.”

Elsewhere in the world, Ban said, refugees have not been welcomed as openly.

His speech coincided with International Youth Day and focused on three areas where young people can make a difference: tackling unemployment, fostering peace and security and battling climate change.