Mother of California stowaway living in refugee camp in Ethiopia

Associated Press

April 25, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. –  A United Nations official says the mother of a California teenager who stowed away on a flight to Hawaii is living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

Ubah Mohammed Abdule, 33, is living at the Sheder Refugee Camp in Ethiopia, said the official from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office on Friday. According to the UN, the camp houses about 10,200 displaced Somalis.

The official was not authorized to speak and asked to remain unnamed.

The boy’s father told Voice of America his son was always talking about going back to Africa.

Somalia has been plagued with internal conflict, drought and violence for decades. Today, more than 1 million Somali refugees are living in neighboring Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen.