4-Year-Old Somali Girl Reunited With Mom in Minnesota

Holding Hands
Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 18:42:00-05

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 4-year-old Somali girl whose long-awaited reunion with her mother was put on hold this week due to President Donald Trump's travel ban is now with her family in Minnesota.

Samira Dahir wiped away tears Friday as she told reporters she was happy to have her daughter, Mushkaad Abdi, home with her after painful years apart. The girl gripped her mother's hand and a doll.

Dahir came to the U.S. in 2013 with her two older daughters but had to leave her youngest girl with a friend in Uganda. Mushkaad was finally scheduled to come to the U.S. earlier this week, but that trip was canceled by Trump's executive order banning refugees from certain countries.

Mushkaad arrived in Minnesota Thursday after U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar intervened.

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