Welcome home, Ms. Mohamud

Look at this happy reunion:

mohamud-son-cbc-250That’s Suaad Hagi Mohamud greeting her son at Pearson International today… home at last:

A Canadian woman stranded in Kenya on charges of identity fraud was reunited with her 12-year-old son in Toronto on Saturday, ending a three-month ordeal she described as a “nightmare.”  […]

Mohamud, 31, had been unable to leave Kenya since May, when local authorities said her lips did not look the way they did in her four-year-old passport photo.

Canadian consular officials called her an impostor, voided her passport and urged Kenyan officials to prosecute her. She was charged on May 28 with identity fraud.

On Friday morning — after a DNA test had proved she was who she said she was — a Kenyan judge agreed to drop the charges, which included using another person’s passport and being in Kenya illegally.

DNA:  that brings to mind a question Canadian Cynic asked earlier this week — what would have happened to Mohamud if she hadn’t had a child to run DNA tests on, thus proving her identity?   They’ve been grappling with this and other questions over here, without much in the way of answers (although the discussion has taken some interesting turns).

Well, I’ve got an answer:  it’s right in the 3rd paragraph of the article quoted above.

5 Responses to “Welcome home, Ms. Mohamud”


  1. 1 Raphael Alexander Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

    It seems to me that any competent individual with the resources of a government with the world’s 12th strongest economy could find out the identity of a woman inside of 15 minutes.

  2. 2 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Good morrow, Raphael!
    I must admire your droll sense of humour, sir!
    Imagine: having the ingenuity to use “competent individual”, “resources,” and “government” in the same sentence!
    They probably could have cleared up the whole mess in that amount of time. They were told not to bother. Anybody who expects this government to give two farts in a typhoon about its citizens abroad…should not go abroad.
    Cynic: a romantic, who’s been mugged – CTZen

  3. 3 JJ Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Hey RA — maybe you can answer CC’s question.

    What do you think would have happened to this woman if she’d had no children to provide DNA evidence that she was who she said she was?

    It’s not a trick question — it’s just that so far, nobody has been able to come up with a definitive response to it.

  4. 4 The Intransigent One Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Maybe they could break into her home in Canada and see if she’d forgotten to take out the trash and there was some DNA in a dirty kleenex or a used q-tip or something? (to be clear, I am suggesting this to show how ludicrous the DNA thing is, not because I think it would be a correct course of action.)

    Of couse, if they were going to break into her home, that would be like admitting they believed she lives there, so why not just take her word and do whatever the normal procedures are for citizens detained abroad?

  5. 5 JJ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Intransigent – 😯 Can you imagine? Government bureaucrats breaking down doors and going through peoples’ garbages (more than they do already)… creepy.

    Clearly the best course of action would be to take her word for it, get her home and sort it out later… which is exactly what would have happened if she’d been white.


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