1 July 2008
KHARTOUM — Abousfian Abdelrazik takes the picture frame into his hands. His eyes open wide.
“Kouteyba,” he says, gently, longingly, as he looks at the picture of the son he hasn't seen in five years. “He's a big boy now.”
He puts the frame aside; then he picks it up again.
“He's a big boy now,” he repeats, shaking his head.
Mr. Abdelrazik has not seen his son since the boy was less than a year old. While Kouteyba was growing up in Montreal, his father was marooned in Sudan, fingered by Canada of terrorist links – imprisoned, according to Canadian government documents, “at our request” – in foul Sudanese jails, and then, when eventually released, denied a passport to return to his home in Canada....
Abousfian Abdelrazik has been granted 'temporary safe haven' in the Canadian embassy in Khartoum. (Passport Photo)