House of Commons Debates
Statements by Members
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1st Session • 42nd Parliament
Volume 148 • Number 217
Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu
Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, in 2005 as I walked down a dusty road in Jowhar, Somalia a small girl walked up to me and took my hand. She was barefoot with only a torn T-shirt to wear, yet when she took my hand she beamed the most beautiful smile.
In the years since, I’ve often thought of that little girl. Did she ever learn to read and write? Did her black curls turn reddish from malnutrition? How had violence impacted upon her life? Was she still alive?
Over the decades, Somalis have faced civil conflict, the anarchy of warlordism, violent extremism, famine and now they grieve as they try to come to terms with the horrific terrorist truck bombing in Mogadishu that took 300 lives, with over 400 wounded. Members of this House grieve with them.
To my many Somali brothers and sisters, I extend my heartfelt condolences. Somalia Waligeed Hano lato.
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