Death Threats Force San Jose Stowaway’s Mom to Flee Ethiopian Refugee Camp

Ubah Mohammed Abdule, 33, sheds tears as she talks about her son Yahya Abdi, outside her hut in the Shedder refugee camp near the town of Jigjiga, in far eastern Ethiopia. (AP Photograph/Elias Asmare)

KTVU and AP Wires

June 9th, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The mother of an ethnic Somali teenager who stowed away on a plane from San Jose to Hawaii has left a refugee camp in Ethiopia because of what she says are death threats.

An official at the Shedder Refugee Camp in Ethiopia, Abdlrasak Abas Omar, says Ubah Mohammed Abdule was moved from the camp for safety reasons.

He said Abdule showed camp administrators anonymous calls she said were made by people threatening her with death.

Her son who lives with his father in San Jose stowed away in the wheel well of a jetliner during a 5 1/2-hour flight to Hawaii in April. Since then, Abdule says she has received threats from callers she believes are her ex-husband’s relatives.

A family spokeswoman forwarded questions to father Abdilahi Yusuf about the allegations. As with past requests, Yusuf did not respond.

Related:
IMAGES: San Jose Stowaway teen’s mom’s daily life in refugee camp in Ethiopia(KTVU)

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