Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food is collaborating with The Muslim Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (MANNL) and the The Muslim Students Association (MSA) to hold a photography exhibit in Rocket’s ground floor Orbit Room, featuring the Syrian refugee families who have recently arrived in our province. Some of the families in the photographs will be present at the event.
Close to 50 photographs of NL’s new residents will be exhibited, along with a brief story about each family. Muhammad Munir, a member of MSA, is the photographer, and Abdelsalam Abugharara, President of MSA and MANAL, will also be at the exhibit opening, Saturday, February 27th, 5-8pm. The exhibit will be open to the Public until Sunday, March 6th. Rocket is located at 272 Water Street.
Over 40 families have already arrived on Newfoundland’s shores, settling in St. John’s, Corner Brook, and even Labrador. Rocket’s Kelly Mansell says this felt like the perfect time to finally do an exhibit in their Orbit Room — the main seating area in their restaurant.
“Canadians in general are seeing stories on the news of all the Syrian families arriving, but rarely get an opportunity to meet and welcome them,” says photographer Muhammad Murin, “With this exhibit,” says Abdelsalam Abugharara, President of MSA. “We are offering Newfoundlanders an opportunity to see photos of almost all of the families who have arrived so far, along with their stories and to meet a few of the families represented in the photos.”