‘We need a miracle’: Hamilton family with 5 kids faces 2nd deportation to Chile

The family has a mix of Palestinian, Chilean and Canadian documentation.

Samira Aboizneid, 15, has so many plans for her future.

“I want to go to McMaster University and maybe study neuroscience, maybe study law,” she says from inside her bedroom one Sunday afternoon in January.

It’s lunchtime at the tidy townhouse where she and her family live on the Hamilton Mountain. Downstairs, her mother, Ahlam, is preparing a Palestinian favourite dish — Maqluba — and the smell of slow-cooked chicken and cardamom wafts up to the room Samira shares with one of her younger brothers.

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