Dream of better life in US within sight for refugee mom, kids

Each time Suriya Muse Iftin thought she was finally leaving an overcrowded Kenya refugee camp, her hopes were dashed.

Since January, she has twice packed up all of her belongings, bid farewell to her friends in the Kakuma refugee camp and traveled with her children to Nairobi for resettlement in the United States.

Twice she has had to tell her children they would not be going to America after all because of President Donald Trump’s order banning immigrants from certain countries.

“When I was told about the executive order I totally lost hope,” she said.

Iftin said she fled war-torn Somalia in 2005 after her father, brother and sister-in-law all were killed in front of her. She raised five children in Kakuma’s unforgiving conditions, including a daughter who has cerebral palsy.

Now the 49-year-old, sitting in a Nairobi transit center with her children, hopes her third try will be the lucky one. The family coaxed crocheted tablecloths and hand-embroidered pillowcases into overstuffed suitcases, eager to travel before the looming March 16 revised travel ban.

Then a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the ban on Wednesday afternoon, hours before it was set to take effect. The ruling, which applies nationwide, means that travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees for now will still be able to travel to the US.

For Iftin, it’s good news at last.

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Source By http://edition.cnn.com

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