Without dad for the past four months

Sans papa depuis quatre mois

A Quebec 23-year-old was forced to give birth without her husband, lebanese refer to as” inhumane ” the time of immigration, which will prevent his son to see his dad for the past four months.

“I am not married to be a single mother,” says Lyne Al-Outa, which is a single the small Adam since his birth on 31 march, in full pandemic.

His father, Ali Caracalla, dreams of taking his son in his arms.

“I want to see it grow,” he said in English on Saturday in the Newspaper, in a conversation on WhatsApp.

The disaster that took place a few days ago in Beirut has only strengthened the determination of the couple to do everything possible to be together.

“Ali could have died without seeing his son,” if alarm Ms. Al-Outa, even if his spouse does not live in the lebanese capital, where explosions have killed at least 158 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

A request without a response

After a wedding in front of 500 guests in Lebanon, Lyne Al-Outa, and Ali Caracalla has filed an application for family reunification in September of last year.

Shortly after, they were informed by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada that Ms. Al-Outa was pregnant, ultrasound to the support.

“I sent the papers in to thinking that they were going to be human and to accelerate the process,” recalls she.

In February, the seventh month of pregnancy of the young wife of 23 years, her gynecologist has even written a letter urging the federal ministry to allow the coming of her spouse at the time of the delivery. Their request remained without response.

Birth video

Ms. Al-Outa has finally given birth to little Adam in the presence of his mother, at the hospital of the Sacred Heart of Montreal, at the peak of the COVID-19 in Quebec.

Her husband, at work that day in Lebanon, took a break to attend the birth of his son via video on his phone.

“I was in tears… Imagine, this is my first baby,” he says.

It does need a certificate granted by Quebec to Mr. Caracalla gets his canadian permanent resident. The process takes 25 days in normal, according to the statement from the department of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI). Mr. Caracalla has been waiting for nine months.

His wife checks for “five or six times per week” the progress of his case to the MIFI.

“When I call, they tell me : “still you !?” “.

She has filed two complaints against the slow processing of his application.

During this time, parents are still unaware when their little family will be reunited for the first time.

“We are anxious. I really hope they [the government] will do something for us, ” asks Mr. Caracalla.

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