SETTLING IN SURREY: 'My family is broken,' says Somali refugee who hasn't seen son in six years
Monday, November 16, 2015

The last time Khadija Ahmed saw her son he was four weeks old. Today, he’s six.

The Somali refugee thought the day she learned of being accepted into Canada would be the happiest of her life, but it was actually a day that ripped her life apart, a day that has left years of suffering in its wake.

Her son was just two weeks old when she learned she was coming to Canada in 2009.

But there was a big problem. Ahmed filed her application several years earlier, including her three sons. She hadn’t updated it to include her husband or infant son.

She was forced to make a choice no mother should ever have to make: Stay with her husband and newborn son and start the application process all over again or leave with three of her children, hoping to give them a better life, hoping the rest of her family would be soon behind her.

She chose the latter.

“Every day (they) call me,” she said slowly, sitting in City Centre Library in Surrey’s downtown core, tears filling her eyes. “My family is broken.”

She’s still pushing to get them here. 

From 2010 to 2012, Surrey housed 26 per cent – or 555 – of the province’s government-assisted refugees like Ahmed. The highest number came from Somalia.

 

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Source; The Now