The Awan Family Support Committee and Radical Christian Association of McGill invite you to a community dinner and fall feast in solidarity with the Awan Family.
Join us for an evening of food, music, and performances to affirm support for the Awan family and to celebrate their struggle. This event also aims to raise funds to cover costs related to groceries, legal fees, and medical expenses.
Please note that venue is wheelchair accessible. Childcare will also be provided on-site. Bring your kids! All are welcome!
For the past three months, Khurshid Begum Awan has been living in sanctuary in a Montreal church. She originally arrived in Canada in 2011, accompanied by her husband, Mohamed Khalil Awan and her grandson, Ali. At the time, the family was fleeing violence at the hands of anti-Shia gangs in Pakistan, and hoping to join their daughter, Tahira Malik, who had arrived in Canada as a refugee claimant in 2000. However, Mr. And Mrs. Awan’s refugee claim was rejected in December 2012, and Mr. Awan was deported in April 2013. Despite her fragile health, her request for a stay of removal was refused and she was ordered deported soon thereafter, with the removal proceedings against her delayed only temporarily after she suffered a heart attack in the Montreal CBSA office on July 4th. A mere three weeks later, the CBSA sparked public outcry by entering a hospital emergency room and attempting to detain Mrs. Awan and only agreed to leave after hospital staff insisted that they abide by Canada`s own guidelines, stipulating that recent heart attack survivors not travel for at least six weeks. On August 20th, however, she was called into the CBSA`s office and given a removal date for the following evening. Despite the government`s disregard for her health and safety, Mrs. Awan courageously decided to defy her deportation. Since then, the family has been organizing a public campaign to obtain status for Khurshid Begum Awan, to secure the return of Mohamed Khalil Awan, and to ensure that the entire family- including Tahira and Ali- may live in justice and dignity.
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