For a good part of the past year I received almost weekly phone calls from Abdi. He told me he was stateless and had spent most of his childhood in a refugee camp. He and his family arrived in Canada with as Convention Refugees. Twenty two years later he found himself in a maximum-security Provincial jail on an immigration hold, while the Canadian government tried to find a way to remove him to his country of birth. His birth however had never been registered, and his birth country did not recognize him as a citizen.