Syrian Refugee, a 'Master Tailor,' Becomes Unlikely Hero When Bride's Wedding Dress Rips

Ibrahim Halil Dudu, the father of a Syrian family, was a master tailor and had owned a business in Aleppo for 28 years, until it was blown up and smashed.

When one woman's wedding was headed for disaster, a Syrian refugee who arrived in the country just days before became the unlikely hero of the celebration. 

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Bride Jo Du from Ontario, Canada, was looking forward to what would be a flawless wedding until she tried on her wedding dress, and the zipper broke.

"I was really nervous," Du told

Knowing it would be impossible to find a tailor in time, her bridesmaids suggested they ask the neighbors to borrow tools to fix the dress.

"I've got better than tools," replied David Hobson when he was approached. "I've got a master tailor."

Hobson told he had applied to be a host to a refugee family months ago, and only four days before Du's wedding, the Canadian government sent a family of five Syrians, a mom, dad and three children, to live in his home.

The Syrian family — who have not yet learned English — speak only Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish, but Hobson said the two families have been able to communicate with the help of another Syrian refugee who had been living in the neighborhood for more than two years.

Through the translator, Hobson learned Ibrahim Halil Dudu, the father of the family, was a master tailor and had owned a business in Aleppo for 28 years, until it was blown up in the war-torn region.

The wedding party eventually settled on borrowing a pair of pliers, but minutes later, Halil showed up on their doorstep anyway to provide his expertise.

"It was such a relief to see him come in the house to help us," Du said. 

"He took one look at the zipper, and sort of mentioned, 'Let me work,'" said photographer Lindsay Coulter, who captured the entire scene on camera. "Everyone was so grateful."

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Halil and the wedding party scurried their separate ways after he finished sewing the dress back on the bride, but Coulter said the display of kindness was indicative of how well the refugees were settling into their community.

"[The community] has jumped in to help, be it watching kids, offering meals," she told

Halil's generosity to the Canadian family in their time of need was his way of reciprocating the deed.

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