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More than three years ago, Deman Aman Abshir, a Somali national, faced an impossible choice: leave behind her newborn daughter to come to the United States or watch as her husband's health worsened.
Abshir and her husband, fleeing deteriorating conditions in Somalia, worried that any delay in leaving could hinder their chances to resettle in the US and get medical treatment, she said.
So they left.
Finally, after years of waiting, her 3-year-old daughter, Nimco, was prepared to come to the US, after clearing most screenings, in March, but her flight had not been booked yet.
Then came the coronavirus pandemic.
"First, I was super excited. I can't wait to see her and meet my little girl. When the pandemic broke out, there's nothing else I could do," Abshir said in an interview with CNN. "I had to be patient."
Abshir's family is one of many families who continue to stay separated, with no date on when refugee admissions to the US will resume, after the coronavirus pandemic halted refugee resettlement around the world.
Despite recently being approved to come to the US, Nimco has had to wait in a refugee camp in Ethiopia with relatives, leaving the family to wrestle with the coronavirus pandemic countries apart.
'I didn't know her health and situation'
In 2011, amid an ongoing civil war in the country, Abshir decided to leave Somalia and fled to a refugee camp in Ethiopia.
"Life was hard and there was a lot of struggle," she said.
Over the years, the health of Abshir's husband, Mohamed Hussen Ibrahim, who was being treated for a neurologic condition that prevented him from walking and doing other daily activities, started to worsen. In late 2016, more than a year after their case had been approved, the couple was ready to depart to the United States.
"Three different situations happened at the same time: my husband's situation got worse; we had our newborn; we had the process approved," Abshir recalled. "It was 2016 so Trump was getting elected, so we knew if we had to delay, the opportunity would never come so we had to choose sacrifice to be with our child or leave for the US with my husband to get better treatment."
Abshir's four-month-old daughter had not been part of the original case, therefore adding her would delay their departure and postpone obtaining medical treatment for her husband. Abshir called the decision to leave Nimco behind "painful," recounting the difficulty she had in keeping jobs in the US because she was overwhelmed with emotions.
Abshir said she has been able to communicate with her daughter in Ethiopia by phone, but knowing the extent of the situation at the camp amid the pandemic has been difficult. "It was hard. They were struggling there, I was struggling here. I didn't know her health and situation," Abshir said.
Abshir, whose husband also lost his job because of the pandemic, has remained hopeful, but extended separations often weigh on families.
"I pray, god willing, that no one goes through this struggle, that everyone unites with their loved one," Abshir said.
Having lost their jobs, their daughter stuck in a refugee camp we I see it as my human duty to support them and after all their hardship and pain to help them not only get reunited but also to ease their new life in the USA as a complete family.
I an others helping on this case thank everyone with a heart and compassion and we also thank the Human Rights Organisation 1millionagngel for their advice in these very difficult times.
ALL DONATIONS will be passed on to Abshir Family with whom we are in contact with through the I.O.M and the UN Refugee Agency.
Again we thank you in their name and we pray you will support us to bring little Nimco home!