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‘This day is not one we’ll be forgetting’: Syrian refugee family opening clothing shop on first anniversary in Canada

“It’s a really, really good feeling. We are very happy,” Hud Hud told The Chronicle Herald through an interpreter.

“This day is not one we’ll be forgetting.”

In 2012, Hud Hud, his wife, Kinaz Albaghada, and their two children, Samy and Esraa Hud Hud, fled Syria, where they lost their home and a successful clothing factory. They stayed in Jordan for half a year and Egypt for seven years.

They then came to Nova Scotia, joining their relatives, Tareq Hadhad and his family in Antigonish. Hadhad is the successful entrepreneur behind Peace by Chocolate.

With the support of the community, Hud Hud, who has 30 years of experience working as a tailor in Syria, returned to his passion in April and launched his online shop.

At that time, he said he expected to focus solely on designing women’s clothing and offering tailoring services. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Hud Hud shifted his focus to designing masks to keep Nova Scotians protected from the virus.

Over the course of the pandemic, Hud Hud and his family have made more than 1,000 masks. They celebrated Canada Day by selling masks featuring the Canadian flag on them to people all over the country.
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