You are here

Justin Trudeau meets Justin Trudeau, the Syrian refugee baby named after him

Afraa Hajj Hammoud and Mohammed Belal wanted to thank Trudeau for welcoming them into the country last February, after they fled the long civil war in Syria.

Their smallest family member, Justin-Trudeau Adam Bilal, was born in May at a healthy seven-and-a-half pounds.


Afraa said they were discussing baby names a couple of months before the due date when they came up with the idea.

‘My husband says, “how about if we name the boy Justin-Trudeau, like him”,’ Afraa told CBC shortly after Justin-Trudeau was born.

Justin Trudeau just met Justin Trudeau.

‘I was a little bit shocked… when he says that, I smile a little bit, a small smile, then I say, “yes, there is no problem, it will be like a small thank you for Justin Trudeau”.’

The family left Syria about six years ago. They then spent three years in Lebanon, before eventually settling in Calgary in 2016.


Justin Trudeau meets Justin Trudeau, the Syrian refugee baby named after him
Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees were accepted into Canada shortly after Trudeau took office (Picture: AP)

Shortly after Trudeau took office, the Canadian government agreed to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees – a move that saw him praised by the international community.

Afraa said that choosing non-Arabic name was unusual for the family, but paying tribute to the PM was important to them.

READ  Anthonay Scaramucci Sacked As Trump's Communications Director After Just 10 Days On The Job


‘It will be a big story because you know, the Arabic name and the English name, there is a big difference,’ she said.

‘In Syria we name the boys like the parents, like my father’s name or my husband’s father’s name, but now it’s by appreciation for Justin Trudeau, we name him like this.’

Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply