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Acts of Kindness Help Family Overcome Travel Ban

For Here & Now (NPR + WBUR) and Kind World, I reported this story about an Iraqi family split up by President Trump’s executive order in January limiting travel from seven countries. Labed Al-Hanfy, the father, had been an interpreter for the U.S. military in Iraq. He wanted to move¬†his family to America to escape militants who were killing collaborators in his neighborhood. But his eldest daughter, Banah, got stuck behind when her visa was delayed. Then, the executive order dropped, and it looked like Banah¬†would be forced to hide in Baghdad indefinitely. Until a group of Mainers heard about the family’s plight and decided to try to help. You can hear the story on iTunes or at WBUR.