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One refugee’s fight for justice: The case of Muhammed Sillah

By Riaz Sayani-Mulji, July 25, 2013

Muhammed, a refugee from the Gambia, was arrested and detained on May 29th after having his request for asylum in Canada denied. He has since been detained at Immigration Holding Centre Rexdale, located in Etobicoke. An outspoken advocate of justice for the Gambian people, Muhammed has become an enemy of the repressive regime currently ruling Gambia under President Yahya Jammeh, and fears for his life if forced to return.

While in detention he has endured racist abuse, inadequate medical treatment for his heart murmur, and his wife Sarah has been barred from visiting him. Originally slated for deportation on June 11, 2013, the Federal Court granted Muhammed a stay, although he remains in detention, isolated from his family. Given the constraints placed unto him, Muhammed and I spoke over the phone from the Immigration Holding Centre.

Sarah has been active in the community coordinating the Justice for Muhammed Sillah campaign to save her husband’s life and raise awareness of the flaws in Canada’s immigration system.

The following are excerpts of interviews conducted with Muhammed and Sarah Sillah. These interviews were edited for length and clarity.

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Video Interviews:

Muhammed Sillah’s Deportation – Interview with Essa Bokarr Sey & Sarah Sillah,
Published on Jun 10, 2013

Muhammed Sillah’s Deportation – Interview with Essa Bokarr Sey & Muhammed Sillah
Published on Jun 10, 2013

Hello Gambia Interview By Essa Bokarr Sey, Guest Sarat Sillah, Wife of Muhammed Sillah
Published on Jun 16, 2013

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