Without passports to stamp, deportation briefly delayed
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:43PM EDT
MONTREAL - In what has become an all too familiar routine, Kankou Keita brought along four of her five children to the Canada Border Services Agency's downtown offices to find out when she's supposed to be deported.
Eight-year-old Abraham says he can't sleep.
"When I try to sleep at night, I have nightmares," he says.
The family from Guinea that has been fighting a deportation order from Immigration Canada has at least a few more days before it could be forced to return to what it calls the troubled African country.
They learned on Tuesday from the CBSA that they don't have the necessary travel documents. It's a short-term delay, but members of the Guinean community are coming out to show their support.
"The immigration department doesn't have any travel documents for the family except Madame," said Salif Sangare, the lawyer for the Keita family.
That's still the case, with no set date for them to board a plane to Guinea.
The Keita's lawyer stresses that the CBSA has dealt with them arbitrarily, excessively and abusively. Their supporters want Immigration Canada to take a look at their mysteriously lost file under humanitarian grounds.
"Especially when there has been a mistake between the lawyer and the immigration," adds Dominique Kpoghomou, speaking for the Guinean Association of Canada.
The family saw their 2007 refugee request denied two years after sending it in. This year their appeal was also turned down.
Their new lawyer is asking that the deportation order be pushed back until his appeal can be heard.
Keita and her family were scheduled to be deported on Sunday, but one of her daughters fell ill, forcing them to miss a flight.
It's all become overwhelming for Zenab, who is losing hope. The soon-to-be 17-year-old suffers from hyperthyroidism—a condition her lawyer says can not be treated in Guinea.
She says she's scared of facing the prospect of complete genital mutilation and a forced marriage back in Guinea.
"I'm upset and sad at the same time and I don't know what to do anymore," she says.
While it is the last thing that the Keita's want, they will continue the familiar routine on Wednesday when they return to the border service's office on Peel Street, to see if the government has the proper paperwork for their return to Guinea.