Following a month of near-celebrity after he was removed from his Texas high school in handcuffs for bringing a homemade clock to school, Ahmed Mohamed is leaving the United States.
No, he’s not being deported, as many of his enemies in the American right-wing (including, presumably, his city’s Islamophobic mayor Beth Van Duyne) might have hoped. Instead, the 14-year-old with a knack for irreverence and inventiveness is moving with his family to Qatar. They plan to relocate for the duration of Mohamed’s schooling. He recently visited the country on a world tour that brought him face-to-face with Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, an accused war criminal whose presidency was contested by Mohamed’s own father, a Sudanese immigrant.
Qatar is Amazing!! https://t.co/alrZZ4195I— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) October 6, 2015
“We are going to move to a place where my kids can study and learn and all of them being accepted by that country,” Mohamed’s father said.
The family received an offer from a foundation to pay for all of Mohamed’s high school and university education in Doha, Qatar’s capital city, which has a large state-of-the-art education complex called Education City. Mohamed’s sisters, who created the “IStandWithAhmed” Twitter account, will also be attending school there.
Check out the family’s full statement via the The Dallas Morning News.