Monday, August 17, 2009

Chickens Come Home to Roost for Passport Canada

The blame for the sad affair that kept Torontian, Suaad Haji Mohamud, a Canadian citizen from returning from Kenya because both Kenyan and Canadian consular personnel didn't believe that she was the person portrayed in the photo can probably be blamed on her Canadian passport picture:

In all honesty, would you let her through if it was your decision at the border?

Here is some of her other ID.

Both her OHIP card and her driving license, where she is wearing a hijab are impossible to match to the picture on the left.
However in the ID photo where she isn't wearing the hijab, even though her hair style is different, clearly resembles the picture on the left.

Instead of banning smiles from passport pictures, officials might want to consider banning hijabs instead.

But this being Canada........


  1. making it okay to wear hijab in a passport picture would have avoided this situation too

  2. If she could wear hijab in the first id then it wouldn't be an issue. Either that or even if they wrapped a piece of cloth around her head in that moment it wouldn't be an issue because they could see the difference. SHE should have known better though. She should have been prepared with a hijab in case the this problem came up.