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Like Vanessa’s daughter, their children Sethumdi and Dinath are also stateless. Sethumdi was humiliated by staff and kicked out of school last year when her government assistance was cut off. As a result, she was not allowed to attend class all of last year.
Thanks to funding from For the Refugees, she is now enrolled in a new school and making friends.
With his military background, Ajith acted as Edward Snowden’s bodyguard in Hong Kong in 2013.
Ajith has been diagnosed with PTSD and fears he will be killed if he returns to his home country. He tries to find solace in his practice of Buddhism, but wants nothing more than to have a normal life and to see his daughter again. They have not seen each other in over 15 years.
In June 2013 she sheltered an unexpected visitor named Edward Snowden, hiding his passport in her refrigerator. Today, Vanessa has fond memories of Edward playing with her little daughter and all three of them celebrating his 30th birthday together in her home.
Born in Hong Kong, Keana is energetic and playful like most girls her age. Vanessa has become an activist for the rights of asylum seekers in Hong Kong, and dreams of one day paying the support she has received forward by working with an NGO that helps refugees as she has been helped.
Vanessa and Keana were admitted to Canada in March, 2019 and currently live in Montreal. Keana talks to her half-sister Sethumdi over FaceTime most mornings, and dreams of the day she will be reunited with her father and siblings.