President Donald Trump’s executive orders to ban refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States has caused global uproar.
Hundreds of thousands of people have spoken up against Trump and protested nationwide against the discriminatory ban, which may cost some helpless people their lives.
Refugees from almost all the countries on Trump’s blacklist are currently in desperate need of medical assistance. The condition of some people is so serious that they had to be rushed to the U.S. for treatment. But thanks to Trump’s ban, they now cannot even enter the country.
One such person is a 1-year-old Sudanese boy who is suffering from cancer. Unfortunately, he is not alone, as another 9-year-old Somali child, currently living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, also needs urgent medical assistance. He has a congenital heart disease, while another boy in the shelter has a severe intestinal disorder.
However, none of them can be helped as they remain in Ethiopia.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, around 800 were all set to move to the U.S. this week. During the 120-day ban imposed by Trump, around 20,000 of them would have resettled in the States after months of homelessness, heartbreak and grief.
But that cannot happen anymore, in light of the latest travel restrictions.
“When you’re talking about a 9-year-old with congenital heart problems, a delay of a day is too long. It is unnecessary for these individuals to die while waiting for resettlement,” said Sarah Krause, the senior director of Church World Service, an organization responsible for processing refugees in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is estimated that around 80,000 people from the region have applied for asylum in the U.S., of which around 2,000 are in a vulnerable condition due to severe medical conditions or other issues such as abuse and psychological trauma. One of them a is Somali woman who has been raped multiple times; another woman, Momina Hassan Aden, is a middle-aged mother of seven who recently had a blood transfusion and lost her husband last year.
These people are in the worst possible situation since most of them have already packed their belongings, given away their day to day supplies and left their tents to move to the U.S. Now, they have to start afresh and struggle to resettle in the same place they were looking forward to leaving.
They have to apply for ration cards all over again and look for a place to live. And after the 120-day ban, when they get to apply as a refugee in the U.S., they must undergo the whole vetting process all over again, which could take several more months or even years.
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