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Government looking at bringing home Canadian teen injured in Kenyan attack

The Foreign Affairs department declined to say what it might do to help bring Fardosa Abdi to Canada.

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The federal government says it remains in contact with the family of a Canadian teenager injured in the Nairobi mall attack, with Ottawa said to be considering ways to help get the girl back on Canadian soil.

Consular officials in Kenya are expected to meet again Friday with the family of Fardosa Abdi, the Toronto-born 17-year-old who suffered extensive leg and lower body injuries in the weekend attack that also injured her sister.

The Foreign Affairs department said in a statement that it continues to work with the family, and declined to say what, if anything, it might do to help bring Ms. Abdi to Canada. "Consular officials have been in close contact with the family as well as medical officials and continue to provide consular assistance. For privacy reasons, we are not able to release any further details," the statement said.

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A federal source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to privacy laws the government said barred discussing the case publicly, said Canadian officials are "working diligently" to find a way to get the girl back to Canada and said consular officials are in constant contact with doctors treating Ms. Abdi, whose condition is said to have stabilized.

One option could be using the Distressed Canadian Fund, which is essentially a loan fund for Canadians stranded abroad. NDP consular affairs critic Wayne Marston urged the federal government to explore any option, saying a victim of a terror attack amounts to "very exceptional circumstances."

"I certainly think they should work with the family and see what they can do to take the little girl out of there. I don't know what form that could take," Mr. Marston said in an interview.

If a costly medical evacuation flight is the only option to bring Ms. Abdi home, Mr. Marston suggested a sponsor or fundraiser could help pay the cost. "From the point of view of the family, I am sure they just want to hear their daughter is coming out of there," he said.

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