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  • Basel Alrashdan, 11, tapes achievement certificates from his school and community events to his bedroom wall in Charlottetown, on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 9, 2016. He and his family fled Syria, his country of birth, for a better life in Canada.</br></br>These photos were made by an independent journalist working for UNICEF.
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  • The Canadian winter has arrived on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 14, 2016. Basel and his family arrived on Dec. 27, 2015.
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  • Shatha Alrashdan, 7, Basel, 11, and Idress, 5, with their father, Amjad, 42, a family of Syrian refugees, playing Basel's favorite game, Connect Four, in their new home in Charlottetown, on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 9, 2016. The children call the game "Connect Arba'a," Arabic for the number four.
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  • Basel Alrashdan and his father, Amjad, visit the downtown mosque where Amjad sometimes acts as the Imam on a -8 degree day in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada on Dec. 10, 2016.
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  • Basel Alrashdan plays with other sixth graders in the snow at St. Jean Elementary School in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 13, 2016. In Basel's classroom alone, eight languages are spoken between 16 students, reflecting the diversity that makes up the class.
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  • Basel Alrashdan eats from an array of multicultural foods before giving a speech at a community gathering to mark Human Rights Day in Stratford, on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 9, 2016. Basel's school principle, Tracy Ellsworth, has nicknamed him, "The Little Mayor." "He's very dedicated to what's fair and just,” Ellsworth said.
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  • Basel Alrashdan receives advice on how to find his strong voice with Tom Hilton, the education project officer with the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission. Basel took the stage at a community gathering to mark Human Rights Day in Stratford, on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 9, 2016.
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  • Basel Alrashdan, left, who is a sixth grader at St. Jean Elementary School in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada, joking with a classmate before the school's annual Christmas concert on Dec. 13, 2016.
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  • Basel Alrashdan performs three songs for the annual Christmas concert in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 13, 2016. Half of the student body in his school is made up of refugees and migrants.
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  • Basel's mother looks on as his younger sister, 7-year-old Shatha, brushes her teeth before bed at their new home in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 12, 2016.
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  • Amjad Alrashdan, 42, and his wife Ghouson Alrashdan, 30, plan for appointments using their phone in Charlottetown, on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 9, 2016. In November 2015 the family received an invitation to apply for asylum in Canada. They had spent three years as refugees in Jordan.
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  • Basel and his sister Shatha Alrashdan, 7, pray before bed at home in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 12, 2016.
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  • Basel Alrashdan watches the snow from his new home in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Dec. 12, 2016. He is learning to skate on the ice in his new homeland and also enjoys building snowmen.
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