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Teen runaway Rifqa Bary now fighting cancer

Posted by on May. 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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 Rifqa, now 17, has already undergone two operations and will have a third one on Thursday, according to a close friend and her former Orlando lawyer.

"The only reason she wants this to be known is she wants people to pray for her," said John Stemberger, who represented Rifqa in her 2009 fight to stay in Florida.

Rifqa rode a bus from Columbus to Orlando in July and moved in with a husband-wife team of evangelical pastors, Blake and Beverly Lorenz. She said she ran away, saying her father or members of his mosque would kill her for converting to Christianity.

Investigators in Florida and Ohio found no proof to support those claims, and an Orange-Osceola judge ordered her back to Ohio in October, where she and her parents have continued a court battle over how she should be raised.

She turns 18 on Aug. 10. As an adult, her court battles with her father should end.

Still a problem, though, is her immigration status. She is in the country illegally, Jivanjee said, and faces the prospect of possible deportation to her native Sri Lanka.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-rifqa-bary-cancer-20100524,0,4371482.story

by on May. 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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by on May. 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM

 I wonder why there is no outcry for her and her family to be deported?

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