Mother of stowaway Somali claims death threats

2014-06-09 21:05
A 15-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. (The Maui News/Chris Sugidono, AFP)

A 15-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. (The Maui News/Chris Sugidono, AFP)

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Mogadishu - The mother of an ethnic Somali teenager who stowed away on a plane from California 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.

The teen stowed away in the wheel well of a jet 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 spokesperson forwarded questions to father Abdilahi Yusuf about the allegations. As with past requests, Yusuf did not respond.

- AP
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