But in December, they received news that very close relatives were killed in intense
bombing attacks in Aleppo.
Some 30 islanders volunteered to help them become familiar with the Hebridean setting.
Now, more volunteers are being sought to support re-settled families with a range
of aspects of day-to-day life such as using public transport, going grocery shopping,
going to the gym, attending appointments and participating in children’s activities.
Comhairle leader, Angus Campbell, said: “The resettlement team is looking for volunteers
who are organised and reliable, fluent English speakers, with a friendly welcoming
disposition, who would ideally be available for at least two hours per week.
“They will be supported with appropriate training and guidance and reasonable out
of pocket expenses will be covered.
“The team is particularly keen to hear from any Arabic speakers who may be able to
donate some time.”
The families receive the same support as other homeless households in the community
who require accommodation.
The Syrian refugee scheme is being funded by the UK Government Home Office.
Over the past five years, thousands of people have died in the brutal battle to control
Syria's largest city.
The civil war resulted in a lack of food and medical care is sparse whilst employment,
education, cultural and social experiences have been severely curtailed.
The bloody conflict in their homeland resulted in an exodus of refugees desperate
to avoid violence and fleeing to seek a better life elsewhere.
The resettlement scheme was set up in response to the war in Syria and increased
in scale following the UK Government’s decision to resettle 20,000 Syrians in the
Local authorities throughout Scotland committed to the scheme to provide some aid
in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian war.