Syrian refugees name baby for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Afraa Hajj Hammoud and Mohammed Belal have named their son Justin-Trudeau Adam Bilal, the littlest addition to their family of five who was born Thursday, weighing a healthy 7 ½ pounds. Hoping to provide safety and a new life for their two other children - a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son - the family was admitted into Canada in February 2016.

Afraa told the Calgary Herald: "We like to name him Justin Trudeau because I think it will be a small thank you for the Prime Minister".

She noted that little Justin Trudeau is the family's first Canadian and beat the rest of them to getting citizenship.

It's not the first time the Prime Minister has been honoured by a child being named after him - past year another couple named their son Justin after the country's leader.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed refugees into his country. "I smile a little bit, a small smile, then I says, 'Yes, there is no problem, it will be like a small thank you for Justin Trudeau'".

Once the family learned of Canada's efforts to take in Syrian refugees, they chose to take action.

So when Afraa Bilan gave birth to her son, the 22-year-old and her husband Muhammad, 29, knew what they were going to name him.

The parents expressed their tremendous gratitude to Mr Trudeau's refugee initiative which has seen over 40,000 Syrian refugees resettled in Canada.


"Canada is much more safe - there's no war, nothing", Ms Bilan tells the BBC.

"To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith".

To show their appreciation to the leader, two refugees just named their son after him.

Here are some moments from Justin Trudeau Adam Bilan's first day.


She said: "He's the first Canadian".


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