But she's afraid deportation to Nigeria will mean genital mutilation
Sept. 14, 2008 - Sun Media
A Nigerian mom who's been hiding in a Port Credit church for two years in her bid to avoid deportation and possible female circumcision says her sanctuary has now become a prison .
Ola Akinwalere, 44, and her Canadian-born daughter, Alice, 12, say they face gender mutilation if removed to Lagos, where a form of female circumcision is exercised by some tribal clans.
"I am most worried about my daughter," Akinwalere said from a tiny apartment in the basement of Trinity Anglican Church on Stavebank Rd., near Lakeshore and Mississauga Rds. "I cannot take my daughter back to Nigeria with me."
She claims never to have collected welfare during her 18 years in Canada and upgraded her education to become a social worker.