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Safety net missed Shaﬁa family fall
by Christie Blatchford
In April of 2009, the Shafia family of Montreal was pretty much disintegrating and not doing it quietly, either.
Like youngsters who hide in plain view, the messy fracturing of the Afghan-Canadian household was occurring in the open.
One daughter, 19-year-old Zainab, had run away from home, and her brother Hamed twice called 911 to demand her disappearance be investigated.
And about 4 p.m. that day, as this news was relayed to four of Zainab's siblings as they headed home from school, they were sufficiently filled with dread that they asked a stranger on the street to call police.
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