After the Benhmuda family was deported, Canadian friends and neighbors worked together to secure the family’s return. Eventually, money was raised to contest the deportation, and an online petition started on the family’s behalf raised almost 16,000 signatures from Canada and around the world.
The efforts of those concerned individuals recently paid off, when a Canadian Federal Court judge ordered a review of the Benhmuda’s refugee application. Upon review, it was determined that their claims were substantial. Pending medical and security clearances, the family will soon be welcomed back to Canada.
“All [the Benhmudas] ever wanted from the first time they came to Canada was peace and hope and safety, and now it’s back in their grasp,” said Ingrid Kerrigan, a teacher of the family’s youngest children and organizer on their behalf. “It’s a dream come true and a red letter day for sure.”