Spryfield Tragedy

With great sadness, we inform the greater ISANS community that a tragic house fire took the lives of seven children in a newcomer family in Spryfield on Tuesday. Our deepest condolences go to the family members and the community.

ISANS is providing support to the family, as well as clients and staff in this difficult time.

Media are asked to send inquiries to media@old.isans.ca.

Below are some questions and answers regarding ISANS role and what you can do.

How can I help?
Unfortunately, ISANS is unable to take financial or physical donations for the family. Please be aware that funds sent to ISANS will go to our Refugee Emergency Fund and not to specific families. To learn more about organizations collecting monetary donations for the family, please visit:

We encourage all Nova Scotians to connect with newcomers in their community and offer support in this difficult time and beyond.

Where can I get information about the funeral?
For the latest updates, please visit the Ummah Mosque and Community Center Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ummahmasjid

The Imams Council of NS will be officiating a public funeral for the deceased seven children of the Barho Family. The funeral service will commence this Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at the Cunard Centre at 1:30pm with the service to begin at 2 pm. The funeral proceedings will follow in the Islamic traditions and all are welcome to participate.