MONTREAL — Kankou Keita and her five children arrived at Trudeau airport Sunday afternoon to board a plane to Morocco as part of the family's deportation back to Guinea. But it appears that they did not board their flight. One of her daughters fell ill and was transported to hospital. Authorities said that the girl appeared to fall into a sort of trance. She was brought to hospital, accompanied by her mother.
Authorities said that the girl appeared to fall into a sort of trance. She was brought to hospital, accompanied by her mother. The mother and her children, aged between seven and 20, have been appealing to authorities to reverse a deportation order after their refugee application and a subsequent appeal on humanitarian grounds were denied.
The family from the African country of Guinea saw their 2007 refugee request denied two years after sending it in. This year their appeal was also turned down. About 60 demonstrators turned out in downtown Montreal Saturday to support the family on the eve of the impending deportation. The family believes that the government's refusals might have been the fault of their previous lawyer, who they suspect failed to supply necessary document to authorities.
"We think either Immigration Canada lost the application or the first lawyer didn't send the document to immigration," said their new lawyer Salif Sangare.The family fears that they will be subject to forced marriages and genital mutilation, both common in their country of origin."They're facing complete mutilation as well as forced marriages," said Pierre Jarry, a family friend.Additionally, 16-year-old daughter Zenab suffers from hyperthyroidism, which they say cannot be properly treated in Guinea.Kankou Keita and two of her children are gainfully employed in Canada, while the three younger children attend school.
Before heading to the factory each morning, Keita wakes at 4 a.m. and takes her three youngest children to school.After work, she gets back on the bus and metro for the second-half of a four-and-a-half hour commute from her home in the West Island.The family's supporters are imploring the Minister for Public Safety, Vic Toews, to right what some call a grave injustice.Barring a last-minute reversal, the family will be sent to Guinea late in the afternoon of Sunday April 8, 2012.