Mother and son reunited after 9 years after a tuff tussle with "Canada immigration department".
A Victorian mother lived in separation from her Ethiopian son for the long duration of nine years, and the reason behind this was delays in respect of Canada immigration. The immense backlog is one obvious reason why the applications take an undue extra time in getting processed. Selam Ayele took seven years and six months to become a landed immigrant of Victoria, and the process of bringing her son (Yohannes Zewed) took another two and a half years.
Ayele when moved to Victoria when she was 21, and she laments that she has spent almost half of her life in the effort to settle in this place. Ayele’s son was three years old when they parted and because of this long separation he is not very comfortable in the presence of his mom. For all the nine years of separation, he knew his mother from the voice he heard on phone when he was staying in Ethiopia with his father. But Zewed said he is very happy here, and this reflects that only the long separation is the only reason of his shyness.
Ayele said that her married life did not work out well, and moreover the less perspective of education and job opportunities were the reasons behind her move of leaving etiopia. All these years, she had a tuff time fighting with the situation and the sad state of her mind due to separation from her only son. Added to her grief were the difficulties that she met in getting the immigration. She wanted to become a nurse, but she faced restrictions on the ground of visa. The immigration officers were another threat to the peace of her mind, as they used to question her as though she was a criminal.
After facing a lot of difficulties in the process, after Ayele became the landed immigrant, she joined the nursing classes and is working in hospitals as nursing assistant. The worst part still was in store, which she faced while trying to immigrate her son. After her constant struggle at Canadian Embassy in Nairobi and then Canada immigration department, she went to ask for help from Victoria MP Denise Savoie. Savoie then discussed the case in the House of Commons, and as a result of this, the tuff struggle came to an end. The very next day after this, Zewed got the visa and is now staying in Victoria with his mother. Both of them are cherishing the joyous moment together, and within a short time would become comfortable with each other.