Refugees cross to Canada to escape Donald Trump

Toronto:special report:Siraj Siddiqui:For five hours, Somalis Farhan Ahmed and Mohamed Mualim trekked through the barren and frigid snow-swept fields dividing North Dakota from the Canadian prairies. The snow was knee-deep and it was nearly -20 degrees Celsius.

Then, out of the darkness, a highway appeared. They had arrived in Canada. One of them pulled out their mobile phone to call 911.

“Wow, it was very, very cold,” Ahmed, 36, recalled. “You could not walk about the ice. It was too much. Sometimes, it reached our knees. We didn’t feel sometimes our hands, sometimes our feet.”

Hours earlier, Ahmed, Mualim, and three other African men paid a man $500 to drive them from Minneapolis, Minnesota to North Dakota, just three miles south of the Canadian border. They were underdressed for the winter temperatures, wearing only light gloves and spring jackets.

“Sometimes, you cannot walk because the snow is very big – sometimes above your knees,” Mualim, 28, explained.
Mualim and Ahmed say they were spooked by Trump and his immigration ban, which prohibited the entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries – among them Somalia – for 90 days. Their decision to flee the United States was largely influenced by the president.

“Why I have to flee, is because of Donald Trump,” Ahmed said.

“It’s not safe, so I run. When new president came in, everything changed. The hate speech. The people who have the documents, the status, and everything, they cannot come in.”

Upwards of 90 Somalis, many of whom have had their refugee cases denied, have already reportedly been deported since Trump’s immigration ban, which has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

“It was very hard but we didn’t have a choice,” said Mualim. “I couldn’t stay and feel safe any more in the United States. You have no choice or they will deport you back. You have only one choice: to cross the border.”

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing.

It made the allegations in report compiled after interviews with more than 200 Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

One mother recounted how her five-year-old daughter was murdered while trying to protect her from rape.

She said a man “took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat”.

In another case, an eight-month-old baby was reportedly killed while five security officers gang-raped his mother.

An estimated 65,000 members of the Muslim minority community have fled to Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar – also known as Burma – last October.

ट्रंप के सात मुस्लिम देशों पर लगाई पाबंदियों से लड़ने के लिए ट्विटर ने किया 10 करोड़ का दान

सैन फ्रांसिस्को:  ट्विटर CEO जैक डोरसे और उनके करीब 1,000 सहयोगियों ने ट्रंप द्वारा सात मुस्लिम देशों पर लगाई पाबंदियों के खिलाफ लड़ाई के लिए 15 लाख डॉलर (भारतीय रुपये में करीब 10 करोड़ रुपये) से ज्यादा का दान किया है। यह दान अमेरिकन सिविल लिबर्टीज यूनियन (एसीएलयू) को दिया गया है जो ट्रंप द्वारा सात मुस्लिम बहुल देशों से आने वाले शरणार्थियों और लोगों पर लगाए गए अस्थायी आदेश के विरोध में काम कर रहा है।