From Syria, Hanan (8) and Lian (5) are seen here stuck in the Kiev, Ukraine Airport on January 28th, 2017. Traveling from Jordan, they were blocked from their connecting flight to the United States just hours after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all Syrians from entering the country. They were trapped. They spent 14 hours with their mother Razan, detained at the airport until they were finally put on a plane back to Jordan. Back to refugee life. Razan, Hanan and Lian were headed to the US for reunification. Hanan and Lian, who have not seen their father in 2 years, had drawn pictures to give to him when they arrived.
Fadi, Hanan and Lian’s father, is a Syrian refugee living in the United States. The family fled from the Damascus countryside and ended up in Jordan. After one year in Jordan Fadi traveled to the US and applied for asylum. After 2 months in a detention center, he was finally approved. He then applied to have his wife and daughters join him. After a very very long wait, Razan and the girls were granted Visas to reunite with Fadi; and on Saturday, they boarded their flight to the US. They never made it.
Now with a loss of funds from travel, and after leaving their small apartment, they are left with uncertainty about what to expect next. The family is back in Jordan scrambling to find a place to stay, and the funds to afford rent, food and utilities. As you can imagine the entire family is exhausted and devastated. Urgent donations are needed ASAP to to get them reestablished with accommodation in Jordan.
UPDATE Feb 2nd, 2017:
Thanks to the tireless work of so many, the Department of Homeland Security authorized the girls and their mother to enter the United States. They landed at JFK in New York City at 4pm on Thursday, Feb 2nd and after several hours of processing, reunited with their father, and became free to enter and live in the US. The campaign goal has been updated to help cover legal expenses, extra flight costs over the last week and general living expenses to help everyone get settled.