Suaad Hagi Mohamud, a 31-year-old mother has been stranded in Kenya since May because the Canadian government officials in Kenya claimed that she was not the person on her passport. Despite being able to produce multiple documents attesting to her identity Canadian officials in Kenya declared her an imposter, confiscated her passport and turned her over to Kenya for prosecution. All while her 12 year old son was cared for by a family friend in Canada.
I am not sure which part of this story I find more disturbing. The fact that our own government was the cause of this woman’s ordeal, the fact that it took three months to resolve or the fact that she had to resort to a DNA test proving that she was the mother of her son in order for the Canadian government to admit their horrible error.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said today "Something is fundamentally wrong when we can't count on the Canadian government to stand up for Canadians – I'm not sure I can put it any more directly than that".
I couldn’t agree more!