Elbonita Kozhani

Elbonita Kozhani

A St. John’s woman who came to Canada is sharing her story to inspire more Canadians to accept Syrian refugees, and respect Muslims in general.

“I just really wanted people to understand what it’s like to be on the other side,” Elbonita Kozhani told the St. John’s Morning Show.

Kozhani wrote a lengthy Facebook post Monday about her, and her family’s, experience as Kosovo Albanian refugees, arriving in Canada in 1999.

“We came here with nothing. No passport or ID, no clothes — nothing. It was Canadians who provided us with a ‘home’,” Kozhani wrote.

“I look at myself in the mirror, and the person I have become today. And the only thoughts that come to my head is ‘Canada’. I am proud of who I have become thanks for this country.”

Her post has since been shared more than 20,000 times. She’s received more than 300 personal messages of support.

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