Racism in repatriation? Canada struggles to reconcile with the Somali diaspora

COVID-19 emergency loans to bring Canadians home have left Somali Canadians with a traumatic reminder of refugee loan debts they spent years repaying.

When my father left to visit Turkey, Kenya and Somalia in December 2019, China had not revealed that the novel coronavirus could be transmitted between humans, and the World Health Organization wouldn’t declare COVID-19 a pandemic until March.

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