Teen Stowaway's Mom: His Dad Told Him I Was Dead
She says Yahya Abdi only recently learned she was alive
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2014 6:26 AM CDT
The 15-year-old stowaway, seen sitting on a stretcher center, is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)

(Newser) – The teen stowaway who survived a five-hour flight in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 was trying to get to Somalia to see his family—including his mother, who tells Voice of America and the Daily Mail that the boy, Yahya Abdi, had only recently learned she was alive. Ubah Mohamed Abdulle is divorced from the father of her three children, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, and says he took them from Somalia without her knowledge. She says she was not allowed to speak to her kids and hadn't heard anything about them since 2006, and "they were even told that I was dead."

She says her husband remarried and told her children—and US authorities when they came to the country—she had been killed in a rocket attack in Mogadishu, but Yahya found out through the local Somali community, two years ago, that wasn't true. A family member says Yahya has been "unhappy at home" since finding out, and "very angry with his father," and adds that the teen doesn't get along with his stepmother. The boy's mother is now asking the US government and international organizations to help her reunite with her children, and she's trying to find a way to get to the US.

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geo wells
Apr 26, 2014 1:28 PM CDT
Anti-whites believe it is the right of all non-whites to be US citizens. Its a war. Its an invasion. Its them or us. What's it going to be? Diversity is a codeword for White genocide.
Darryn James
Apr 26, 2014 11:54 AM CDT
1965 immigration act: In order to convince the American people of the legislation's merits, its proponents assured that passage would not influence America's culture significantly. President Johnson called the bill "not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions",[4] while Secretary of State Dean Rusk estimated only a few thousand Indian immigrants over the next five years, and other politicians, including Senator Ted Kennedy, hastened to reassure the populace that the demographic mix would not be affected; these assertions would later prove grossly inaccurate.[5]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965 lets use this term,,,"criminal aliens", not "illegal aliens"
Apr 26, 2014 10:24 AM CDT
Quick, you idiot bureaucrats, send him to Somalia!!