Suaad Hagi Mohamud suing Ottawa for $2.5M
Suaad Hagi Mohamud, a Canadian citizen, was trapped in Kenya for three months and is now suing Ottawa for $2.5M. She was refused permission to board her plane after visiting family. Canadian officials said she did not look like her passport photos. She was then stripped of her papers and jailed. It was only through the efforts of her lawyer, Raoul Boulakia that DNA was obtained from Suaad Hagi Mohamud's son, living in Canada that she could prove her identity.
Suaad Hagi Mohamud, 31, endured a "Kafka-esque nightmare" when KLM airline and Kenyan government officials said on May 21 she did not look like the photograph in her Canadian passport.
Mohamud, whose ordeal included nine harrowing days in a Nairobi jail, said today that she "thought my government would back me up."
"I was alone when my government let me down," she told a Queen's Park news conference.
Suaad Hagi Mohamud stated in her televised newsconference that she is taking this action in order to prevent others from enduring the same nightmare. Unfortunately it is coming to light that another case of identity dispute has surfaced. This one involves a Somali-Canadian.
The CBC says Abdihakim Mohammed, an autistic 25-year-old Somali-Canadian, was taken to Somalia five years ago by his mother because doctors thought being near extended family could help him.
The network says when she tried to bring Mohammed back to Canada through Kenya three years ago, she was told the person with her was not her son because he didn't look like his passport photo.
The case remains unresolved despite offers from Mohammed's mother to undergo DNA testing.