Douaa remembers her life as a refugee in Lebanon. She was working in a grocery store to help support her family, her dream of going to university put on hold.
Now, less than three years later, Douaa is a first-year student at Carleton University, pursuing a degree in political science.
“I left Syria for Lebanon in 2014 with my parents and three brothers because my brothers were going to be forced to join the army,” she remembers.
Millions of Syrians had fled their home country because of the brutal civil war.
When they were in Lebanon, Douaa was not allowed to go to school. She had to find a job as well to support her family.
Finally, in 2016, the family came to Canada as refugees. “I could not believe it. I was so happy."
Last fall, she started her first semester at Carleton. "I want to work at Parliament Hill or be a diplomat. I want to make a difference in people’s lives, especially for women who are not educated and need opportunities in life.”