The Somali Muslim mother of a teen who stowed away in the wheel well of a plane that flew over the Pacific says her Somali-American son was trying to reach her in Africa, according to Voice of America.
The Blaze Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi said in an interview with VOA’s Somali service that her son, Yahya Abdi, recently learned she was alive after being told by his father that she was dead. The boy’s parents are divorced, and he lives with his father, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, a cab driver in Santa Clara, California. The boy’s father spoke to VOA’s Somali service in an exclusive interview Wednesday and said “Allah had saved” his son. (Then you better make sure Allah pays his fare for him)