A video showing two refugee children excited about their first snowfall is going viral on Twitter. The children, bundled in thick coats, are shown excitedly running around outside. They spin and dance in the falling snow, collecting some in their hands.
It's a beautiful scene.
A first snowfall for Eritrean children new to Canada. #NewcomersWelcome #WelcomeToCanada #RefugeesWelcome… https://t.co/Jdni9uHqlN— Rebecca Davies (@Rebecca Davies)1541859016.0
The children and their family are refugees from Eritrea, an African country with an extremely repressive regime. They are some of the lucky few to escape. They were living in a refugee camp in Sudan before being able to travel to Canada, where they are currently being housed by Rebecca Davies.
The video was posted to Twitter, where many found it inspiring. It was even retweeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Amazing - now convince them that shoveling is fun and you're all set. Thank you for everything you do, Rebecca.… https://t.co/aYeQVGT1H6— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1542056173.0
@BuzzFeedNews @melaniepeppin All kids should have the chance to just be kids.— Peter Berdeklis (@Peter Berdeklis)1542110352.0
@CBCToronto I will think of this every time I complain about my commute in the snow this winter. Thank your sharing this.— Nina2017 (@Nina2017)1542072638.0
@CBCToronto @CBCNews Kids being kids. Awesome!— Scott Shaw (@Scott Shaw)1542072532.0
@CBCToronto You just made my Monday.— Military History Now (@Military History Now)1542071931.0
@CBCToronto @CBCNews I can watch this all night ❤️❤️❤️❤️— Sparkles13 (@Sparkles13)1542075490.0
@CBCToronto @CBCNews Kids are kids everywhere! 😍😍😍— Bakhadur (@Bakhadur)1542114360.0
@CBCToronto @CBCNews Thats awesome— John G (@John G)1542101991.0
@CBCToronto @craigstone_ I love how happy their wee faces look! ❤️😁— Laura (@Laura)1542141902.0
In Canada, refugees can be brought to the country through private sponsorship. Even still, it can be a long and arduous process. This family was able to make it thanks to fundraising from the Rosedale United Church. Canada has expanded its immigration policy in recent years to accept more refugees. They plan to welcome around a million new immigrants over the next few years.
It seems like the program is doing a bit of good.
@CBCToronto I’m not crying, you’re crying. ❤️❤️❤️— Anic vdN (@Anic vdN)1542130483.0
@CBCToronto That is too adorable. I love seeing kids happily experience something for the first time. 😊— pistrix (@pistrix)1542128595.0
@HuffPost 😍 Welcome home! Feel safe!— Christine Gingras (@Christine Gingras)1542075232.0
@MuhammadLila I remember when my wife and daughter saw snow for the first time after arriving from Thailand. 🤩 Even… https://t.co/G7gbFMr3Iz— Tony Smyth (@Tony Smyth)1542027787.0
@MuhammadLila Thanks for sharing. It's a pleasure to remember the joy snow can bring. I was looking at the snow a c… https://t.co/oIlqEDCXln— websterchrista (@websterchrista)1542028776.0
The family will be living with Davies for about a year while they settle in Canada.