Suaad Hagi Mohamud’s search for answers about the three months she spent stranded in Kenya was met by stony silence from top government officials responsible for her ordeal.

Instead of explanations from the people who ruled her Canadian passport a fraud, the clearly nervous and frequently emotional Somali-Canadian yesterday received only a promise a probe into her mistreatment will be made public and a vow to “get to the bottom of this” from a government she has few reasons to trust.

She spoke too fast on occasion, broke into tears in other parts of her hour-long testimony, but said she had come to the capital to make sure no one else goes through what she had to endure.

“I thought my government would back me up. But when I was alone my government let me down,” she told a committee of MPs meeting to discuss her case and those of other Canadians who’ve been let down by Ottawa when they were in trouble abroad.

All she ever wanted to do was get back to her 12-year-old son, whose DNA match ultimately secured her passage back to Canada. Now, she says, young Mohamed Hussein has that persistent fear whenever his mother leaves his side, as she did Tuesday to come to Ottawa.

“It’s really hard for him to trust I’m coming back. What I did is I bought him a lot of games to help him to (stay occupied) while I’m away,” she said after her testimony, before collapsing in tears.

Mohamud was detained and her passport was seized when she attempted to board a flight from Nairobi to Toronto May 21. Two officials from the High Commission met her at the airport and showed her a picture of her son, but didn’t believe her when she insisted on her identity.