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Pregnant woman's deportation stayed

Sayon Camara was scheduled to be deported Tuesday afternoon.
Sayon Camara was scheduled to be deported Tuesday afternoon.
Canadian Press

Just moments before she was scheduled to fly out of Trudeau International Airport to Guinea,  Sayon Camara got the news she was hoping for : she was granted a stay in her deportation order.

Her lawyer, Stewart Istvanffy, was successful in a last minute appeal to the Federal Court.

The 42 year-old is six months pregnant and has Type 2 diabetes. She is married to a Canadian citizen. She was scheduled to deported to her home country  this afternoon.

Camara was scheduled to appear at Canada Immigration at Trudeau International Airport today at 11am. Her husband appeared and  told the immigration officials that his wife was in the airport but that he would not allow her to travel to Guinea without a guarantee for her safety.

Canadian immigration officials had denied Camara's request for residency , saying her marriage to her husband , Abdul Sow, was not legitimate.

Camara came to Canada in 2006 after escaping an abusive, arranged marriage. Her ex-husband has since died.

Sow and Camara got  married in 2008. That same year, Sow lost his job and went to work in Edmonton for Alberta for several  months. The couple says Sow's absence  from Montreal led immigration officials to believe their marriage was a fraud.

Last Friday, her lawyer applied for a stay of deportation on the grounds that her pregnancy is high risk.

Camara has to take five insulin shots  a day. 

Camara said she has no family to take care of her in Guinea, a politically unstable underdeveloped country in northwest Africa, and doesn't know how she will be able to get the five insulin shots a day she requires.



  • Montreal health&mental health examiner 5 years ago

    the government made the right decision

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