On Jan 29, 2017 CBC Winnipeg reported: Refugees in Winnipeg are speaking out against U.S. president Donald Trump’s sweeping ban on all Syrian refugees and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Trump issued the order early Friday evening, creating confusion and anger for travellers around the world including in Winnipeg, where an Iranian couple was turned away from boarding a U.S. flight.
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The banned countries are Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Canadian citizens with dual citizenship were also temporarily banned from travelling after Trump’s order.
CBC News spoke to five refugees in Winnipeg from five different countries about the news.
Here’s what they had to say:
Seidu Mohammed, a Ghanaian refugee who nearly froze to death and got frostbite after walking into Manitoba on Christmas Eve in the bitter cold, said he’s worried about friends trying to seek asylum in the States.
He said his friends who fled to the U.S. to get asylum are scared of being deported.
“Some of my friends, they’re finding it difficult right now,” he said Sunday.