A Nigerian family facing deportation has appealed to the Canadian government to stay the decision, suggesting that their two young daughters — with another on the way — will be subjected to female genital mutilation.
Rasheedat Bakare, her husband Afeez, son Faaiq and daughter Faiqah arrived Canada in 2017.They had another daughter, Farhana, in Canada in 2018.
The family of five was denied refugee status on Thursday and told to leave the country by 3 p.m. on Friday.
“My children’s lives, my husband’s life are 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 I’ll have three baby girls, and all of their lives are going to be at risk.”
After their refugee status was denied on Thursday, Rasheedat, who is five months pregnant, collapsed and was taken to a hospital.
On Friday afternoon, the government issued a temporary delay on the family’s deportation order.
Her husband, Afeez, said he was not sure when he and his family would be required to leave.
“I don’t want my life and my family to be in danger,” he said. “My wife is in a state where she is restless, she cannot do anything.”
Reports suggest that the situation is complicated as one of the daughters is a Canadian citizen having been born in Canada.