A Nigerian family facing deportation in #Canada has called on the Canadian government to provide any assistance possible to avoid returning to Nigeria.
The family feared that its two young girls – with another on the way – will be subjected to female genital mutilation in Nigeria.
Rasheedat Bakare, her husband Afeez, son Faaiq and daughter Faiqah all fled Nigeria and arrived in Canada in 2017. The family’s youngest daughter Farhana was born in Canada in 2018.
The family of five was denied refugee status on
Thursday and were told to leave the country by 3 p.m. on Friday. “My children’s life, my husband’s life is at risk” said Rasheedat Bakare. “We ran away because they wanted to circumcise my baby girl the one I brought
from Africa. When I got to Canada, I had another baby girl. Currently, I’m pregnant with another baby girl.
Now three baby girls- [and all of their lives are]
going to be at risk. The family’s case caught the
attention of the African Community Organization of Windsor (ACOW), a group that staged a protest on Friday outside the office of Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse.
Claude Saizonou, president of the ACOW, said his group gathered outside Masse’s office because “we’ve been through this kind of situation so many times.”.. . “We never react. We never say anything,” he said. “And we
just have [had] enough of it. We just want to stand up and say If we don’t do it, nobody would do it for us.
And this family has to stay today” On Friday afternoon, afte Rasheedat who is approximately five months pregnant
By:Kingsley Adomako Odrey