Stranded woman describes ordeal

A Commons committee heard tearful pleas Wednesday from a Canadian woman who was stranded for months in Kenya, accused of being an impostor.

Julian Falconer

OTTAWA — A Commons committee heard tearful pleas Wednesday from a Canadian woman who was stranded for months in Kenya, accused of being an impostor.

Suaad Hagi Mohamud wept openly as she told the foreign affairs committee how she was thrown into a small cell, where she encountered other women, some with children.

“I would never have believed that I would go to jail for saying that I am a Canadian citizen,” Mohamud told the committee.

She urged parliamentarians to find a way to prevent something similar happening to any other Canadian, and wondered aloud how many others still face a similar plight.

“Not everyone will be so lucky to have so much help (to return home),” she said.

“How many people are standing out there like I was?”

In fact, at least one other person is dealing with a similar situation.

Abdihakim Mohammed, an autistic 25-year-old Somali-Canadian has been unable to leave Kenya for three years, after officials determined that he didn’t look like his passport photo.

Mohamud, 31, arrived in Toronto last Saturday after DNA tests finally proved her identity.

She had been barred from leaving Kenya after authorities said her lips did not look the way they did in her four-year-old passport photo.

Mohamud is suing Ottawa for $2.5 million for her ordeal. Her supporters have also called for a public inquiry and apology from the federal government.

Just Posted

Red Deer group looking to keep roads safe for cyclists

A Red Deer cycling group is concerned about road safety after multiple… Continue reading

Smoke and pets do not mix

Take care of your pets during the smoky weather

Former Red Deer lawyer sentenced

Charges included possession of stolen property

Man causes mischief with axe in Ponoka

Arson and attempted break and enter charges laid

WATCH: Raising money for kids at the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic

Former NHL players, Olympians, pro rodeo circuit members and musicians teed off… Continue reading

Oilpatch fears delays as U.S. judge orders further review of KXL pipeline route

CALGARY — Potential delays in the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline… Continue reading

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang… Continue reading

Arrests in Burnaby, B.C., as order against Kinder Morgan protest camp enforced

BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP arrested protesters Thursday as officers enforced a… Continue reading

‘Hot and dirty work:’ Commander describes fighting massive Ontario wildfire

BRITT, Ont. — From a helicopter flying over a smouldering swath of… Continue reading

Calgary Fire Department logs record opioid overdose calls in July

CALGARY — The Calgary Fire Department says there were a record number… Continue reading

RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., say Kinder Morgan protest camp to be dismantled

BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP arrested protesters when officers enforced a court… Continue reading

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

NEW YORK — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month