Prior to July 2002, everybody who knew the young Omar Khadr identified him as a Canadian. He liked BMWs, basketball and action movies. He named a visit to the Metro Toronto Zoo among the best memories of his life. His father earned a master’s degree from the University of Ottawa, and his grandparents owned a bakery on Toronto’s Eglinton Ave. But, like the children of Canadian diplomats, Omar had a father whose work took the family overseas for long stretches of time.
“We were Canadian,” said his older sister Zaynab of their time overseas, “it was hard to miss that.”