Orphaned African children's immigration case moves forward after Calgary aunt goes public with CBC

Shortly after the CBC reported on Caroline Ijang’s frustrating two-year wait to bring her orphaned niece and nephew to Calgary, the Canadian embassy responsible for Cameroon is now moving forward with their case.

‘I’m really, really excited that it’s going to be over soon,’ says Caroline Ijang

Until this week, Caroline Ijang hadn't heard from the Canadian embassy responsible for Cameroon the summer of 2015 about the status of her orphaned niece and nephew's immigration case. (Falice Chin/CBC)

A Calgary woman received some good news after going public with the CBC about her battle to bring her young, orphaned relatives from Africa to Canada.

On Tuesday, Caroline Ijang first told CBC News that she had been waiting more than two years to be reunited with her 10-year old niece and 12-year-old nephew, whom she adopted after their parents passed away.

After being given the silent treatment since the summer of 2015, on Thursday, immigration officials at the Canadian embassy responsible for Cameroon contacted Ijang.

"I got an email from the embassy requesting for the kids to go for a medical exam after which their passports will be forwarded for a visa," Ijang told the Calgary Eyeopener on Friday.

"So my guess is that it's probably going to take less than two months for everything to be finalized."

Will-Norman, 12, with his aunt Caroline Ijang, who lives in Calgary and adopted him and his little sister after their parents died in Cameroon. Ijang has been trying for more than 2 years to bring her nephew and niece to Canada. (Submitted)
Caroline Ijang with her adopted niece after her parents died in Cameroon. (Submitted)

Ijang, 41, has already filled the spare bedroom of her southeast Calgary home with toys to welcome her niece and nephew to Canada.

"It's taken forever but I'm really, really excited that it's going to be over soon.

With files from the CBC's Falice Chin