Prevent Abdilahi Elmi from being wrongfully deported
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Abdilahi Elmi is at risk of being wrongfully deported to Somalia as well as imprisoned, his story is told below:
My name is Abdilahi Elmi, and I was born on July 8th in Somalia in 1985. I lived in Somalia until I was seven years old. I was raised by my grandmother who was a kind, sweet, and loving person, I loved my grandma with all my heart she meant the world to me, then my grandmother died, and I grew up without a mother or father, shortly my mother came to me when I was 10 years old that was the first time I had ever seen my mother. Although I had never seen her before, she looked so much like my grandmother, so I felt that I knew her. So I showed her the same love I had for my grandmother, but she wasn't anything like my grandmother, at home, I was being hit and abused, I had to cook clean and change diapers, and if I didn't I was hit more and hated my life. I was told my father died when I was in my mother's womb and he disowned me before I was even born, he later died in a car crash. All I wanted and needed was my mother's love, but I feel like she sees my father when she looks at me. I have never seen a picture of my father, and no one has ever told me anything about him. I have been a lonely man for a long time now, not knowing that there are people in my life that love me and care for me. When you surround yourself with fake friends and keep your distance from your family and your real friends, you don't know where you are going in life.
Alcohol has clouded my thinking, and my future has been just living day to day in a cell, year after year. This is not life at all. I want to be a better person, and I want to have a wife and children someday and live a peaceful life with them. I know that I have made a lot of mistakes in my life that I can't take back and I am not a bad person. I am a kind, helpful, and loving person. I am always there for my friends. The only person that I am not there for is myself, and I understand that I can be my worst enemy because I keep looking for love in the wrong places. I need help not to be put in jail. Please help me.
Thank you for listing to my story,
The African Canadian Civic Engagement Council ACCEC, in Edmonton Alberta have been working with Abdilahi Elmi for 9 months in the capacity of putting resources around Abilahi Elmi to ensure he receives the adequate support he requires from his community such as assistance in hiring legal council, completing a needs assessment, community connection, family reunification, rehabilitation, and successful community reintegration.
Abdilahi Elmi is a young man who came to Canada on December 4, 1994 under refugee status at the age of 10 years. He lived in a refugee camp, was exposed to deceased bodies as a child and thus experienced pre-migration trauma, including dislocation from the land. At age 13, Abdilahi Elmi was apprehended from his mother by Ontario Child Welfare. He lost contact with his family and lived in a foster home. Abdilahi’s immigration documents were not prioritized while in the custody of Ontario Child Welfare. Abdilahi Elmi lived on the streets at around age 16 and interacted with the criminal justice system due to lack of community connection, support, and family. Abdilahi Elmi then developed substance dependency, alcohol, to cope with losses and obstacles in his life. Alcohol dependency resulted in Abdilahi Elmi making poor decisions and ending up in custody
Through Abdilahi’s dedication, ACCEC, and communitysupport, Abdilahi was able to get a conditional release to The Salvation Army transformational program where he received treatment and community support for the first time in his life and responded well.
On June 26, 2019, Abdullahi Elmi was issued a danger opinion by the CBSA. Canada’s CBSA, has proceeded with the removal process and have sent travel documents request to the Somali Embassy in Washington DC and have classified Abdilahi under the danger to public opinion.
The Canadian government is endangering Abdilahi Elmi’s life by deporting him to Kismayo Somalia, his mother’s hometown,where one of the most horrific bombings took place killing 26 individuals that included the brave inspiring Somali-Canadian Journalist Hodan Nalayeh on July 14, 2019.
Shortly after, another deadly blast happened at the busiest security checkpoint near the Mogadishu International airport where 17 people were killed and many wounded.
In January 2019, an Edmonton youth who was traveling in Somali lost his leg to a car bombing.
Abdilahi has no family in Somali, does not know the language or the culture, and grew up in Canada since age 10. The Canadian government and the CBSA are putting Abdilahi Elmi’slife at substantial risk considering the fact that the only home Abdilahi know, has family in, or is connected to is Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, please do everything in your power to help a former child refugee from Somalia who is facing deportation after Ontario child welfare apprehended him and did not apply for his citizenship as a child. With a Deportation order,Abdilahi Elmi will permanently be separated from his family after Ontario Child Welfare removed him from his family for so many years.
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