Ahmad, who was in his 30's lived in Somalia in Mogadishu. He had been torn apart by instability and violence. He was a student at a university and in 2006 he got the opportunity to work with internationally displaced people.
In 2006 Ahmad started working with a nongovernmental organization who worked with internationally displaced people/refugees or those without homes. But one day he and his colleagues were called and accused of spreading western propaganda.
Ahmad was arrested on spot and put in jail for a crime he was only accused of doing. But he was released four days later and reunited with his family.
Ahmad fled Mogadishu with his son and wife. They traveled in their car until that was no longer an option, they then traveled by foot and ended up in Ethiopia. They "settled" there for several months.
After a while Ahmad decided to travel ahead of his family to Malawi to hopefully find a home. He did come to refugee status and got a job, selling cars. But just when things started settling down for him, Ahmad was found and arrested by local security.
Ahmad was deported back to Ethiopia but was transferred back to Malawi after hours of interrogation and was told by immigration authorities that he was not welcome in Ethiopia. In Malawi Ahmad was held in police custody and was in detention for over six months.