15,000 Somali Refugees Who Had Planned To Resettle In The U.S. Are Stranded

More than two decades of civil war alongside recurring drought has compounded an already-dire meat protection crisis for Somalians.

And as the country and larger field appearance sea shortages once again, U.S. President Donald Trumps refugee and travel rules are leaving its people with even fewer an opportunity for escape.

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that, among other things, defers refugee admissions to the U.S. from all countries for four months and curtails travel from seven countries Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

Just a few days later, the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization announced that, after months of lower-than-average rainfall, more than 17 million people are in crisis and emergency food insecurity levels in several east African nations, including Somalia and Sudan.

Two million Somalis are currently seeking refuge outside their homeland, constructing it the worlds third-largest source country for refugees behind only Syria and Afghanistan. According to USA Today, nearly15, 000 Somali refugees who had planned to resettle in the U.S. are currently stranded in Kenyas Dadaab, the worlds largest refugee camp, after Trumps immigration order went into effect.

More than 130 Somali refugees had already been approved to enter the U.S. and had been poised to leave the camp when Trumps directive was announced. The administration mentioned Tuesday that it would admit 872 pre-approved refugees into the U.S. the coming week, but its unclear whether these people are part of that group.

In Somalia, 5 million people, or about 40 percent of the population, are facing thirst because of both drought and contending between the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab and Somalias African Union-backed government. More than 300, 000 offsprings under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished

In recent years, drought has become a frequent visitor to east Africa. In 2011, a ravaging drought, said to be the worst in the region in 60 years, threatened the livelihoods of nearly 10 million people. Almost 260, 000 succumbed of starvation in Somalia alone half of them were children under the age of 5.

Last year, drought destroyed the region again. Exacerbated by one of the most powerful El Nino occurrences ever recorded, the dry sorcery left millions facing hunger across southern and eastern Africa.

We dont have meat, sea, and clothes, Quresha Abdi Ali, a displaced Somali woman, told Africa News this week. Our farms are barren, our livestock are dead, and our boys cannot find any work to do. I lost my son because I couldnt find any food or sea to be given I also lost 12 members of their own families. We are in so much despair.

Feisal Omar/ Reuters In Somalia, 320, 000 children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished, reported Reuters; 50,000 of them are “so severely malnourished they risk dying without emergency intervention.”

Thomas Mukoya/ Reuters A Somali refugee infant carries her sibling in Dadaab, the refugee camp near the Kenya-Somalia border, May 8, 2015. Dadaab is home to more than 260,000 Somali refugees and is the largest refugee camp in “the worlds”.

The FAO was indicated that an immediate and sufficient humanitarian assistance efforts is needed to prevent the current drought crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

This is, above all, a subsistences and humanitarian emergency and the time to act is now. We cannot wait for a catastrophe like the famine in 2011, FAO Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, told a high-level panel during the course of its African Union Summit, which kicked off in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday.

An FAO spokesperson, expressing from Kenya, told HuffPost on Thursday that this drought crisis could be as ravaging for Somalia as the 2011 calamity. Famine is a real potential in 2017 for the country, which is forecasted to experience lower-than-average rainfall this year, the spokesperson said.

Climate change has been linked to the increase in severity and frequency of drought in the Horn of Africa, which in turn threatens meat protection for millions of people. Peter deMenocal, Columbia Universitys dean of science who co-authored a study in 2015 on this topic, said this week that there is an accelerating trend toward even greater aridity in the region due to carbon emissions.

Suleimn Yussuf Muhumed, 24, is one of the Somali refugees in Dadaab who had been on the verge of coming to the U.S. He had fled Somalia with his father and younger sister after armed boys killed three of his siblings. Drought afterwards ruined a small plot of land the family owned.

Muhumed told USA Today that life in the refugee camp is filled with difficulties, and he had been looking forward to his new life in Ohio. He said hed heard Ohio is a very cool place, a very nice home for life, and the peoples of the territories are very welcoming.

Feisal Omar/ Reuters A injured government soldier is produced away from the panorama of an detonation in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Jan. 25. Civil war has raged in the country for more than two decades.

Richard Atrero de Guzman/ NurPhoto/ Getty Images Trump’s in-migration disallow has prompted protests worldwide. Here, foreign inhabitants of Japan are read protesting the ban near the U.S. embassy in Tokyo on Jan. 31.

Sudan, another country affected by the drought and the ban, had just signed an agreement with the Obama administration in January to lift a 20-year-old U. S. trade embargo.

We feel sorry that the decision was taken at a time we are beginning cooperating and the sanctions were hoisted, Sudans Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters during the African Union Summit earlier the coming week.

Also speaking at the summit, chair of the African Union Commission and South African politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had strong terms for Trump.

The extremely country to which many of our people were taken as slaves during the trans-Atlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries, Dlamini-Zuma said on Monday, addressing the unions 54 member states.

What do we do about this? Indeed, this is one of the greatest objections to our unity and solidarity, she continued.


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