200 Somali refugees in Kenya are blocked from going to US

 More than 200 refugees who had been heading to the U.S. for resettlement have been told they cannot travel as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive orders that temporarily suspend all immigration of citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, a Somali refugee and officials said Monday.

The refugees left Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp in eastern Kenya, last week but they have been told by the International Organization for Migration that their Monday flights have been cancelled “because of Trump’s orders,” said Suleiman Yusuf, a Somali refugee who is a teacher.

Yusuf said he has been waiting for 10 years to be resettled in the U.S. and his dream now faces an uncertain future. “I was to be resettled in Minnesota. I am a teacher by profession and have been teaching at Dadaab. I was hoping to start a new life in America but we are now stuck going back to Dadaab,” he said. He was a headmaster at a Dadaab school.

A senior official with the U.N. refugee agency at the Dadaab camp said 286 Somali refugees from Dadaab and Kakuma, another camp in northern Kenya, were affected by Trump’s ban. The official insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the media.


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