Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"I would like for them to bring my mom back"

It's nearly a week now since our fellow-citizen Suaad Hagi Mohamud was fingerprinted at the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi, in a desperate attempt to prove that she's Suaad Hagi Mohamud. Her fingerprints are already on file from her original citizenship application.

She's been marooned in Kenya for eight weeks. On May 28, the High Commission voided her passport, claiming that she is an impostor. She pleaded with them at the time to fingerprint her. They got around to that last Thursday.

Foreign Affairs, which seems to be taking sadistic pleasure out of stranding her, has not bothered to get back to her. How long does it take to match fingerprints?

Her calls to the High Commission have not been returned. She has no money, and no ability to return home. She can't even go out, because Kenyan police are in the habit of stopping people on the street and demanding bribes to let them go.

Ottawa officials are refusing to answer questions from the media.

We've seen this movie too many times before. We need to know the names of the Foreign Affairs creeps who are making these decisions--and who is giving the orders. In fact, the time has come for a full public inquiry into the conduct of this Department, and the disgraced minister who is presently running it. The odour is growing ever-stronger, and the application of industrial-grade disinfectant is well overdue.

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