Tweets are not the only way to get important information out into the world. After the president implemented his travel ban on those from six Muslim-majority countries, an international anti-poverty organization, Oxfam America, decided to send Donald Trump and the world a different kind of statement.
The nonprofit rented the New York house Trump’s family lived in until he was four-years-old. Oxfam hopes four refugees’ stories will bring home their plights during the United Nations meetings this week.
The president’s father, Fred Trump, built the family’s Queens home in 1940, and an unidentified person bought it in March for the price of $2.14 million. Now, the house is available to rent via the rental site, Airbnb, for $725 per night.
Oxfam asked the refugees if they would be willing to share their stories with journalists, Saturday. Acting director for Oxfam’s humanitarian department, Shannon Scribner, said they wanted to send Trump a “strong message,” according to the The Associated Press (AP):
‘We wanted to send a strong message to Trump and world leaders that they must do more to welcome refugees.’
Eiman Ali, 22, came to the U.S. from another refuge, Yeman. Her parents fled the country of her birth, Somalia, after war broke out. Ali was just three-years-old when her parents brought her to this country. Now, she is curious about the former Trump resident, the AP reported:
‘Knowing Donald Trump was here at the age of four makes me think about where I was at the age of four. We’re all kids who are raised to be productive citizens, who have all these dreams and hopes.’
Her first experience with Donald Trump was as an entertaining personality on The Celebrity Apprentice, but now the AP says she feels differently:
‘To have someone so outspoken against my community become the president of the United States was very eye-opening and hurtful because I have invested a lot in this country.’
Another refugee, Ghassan al-Chahada, 41, came to the U.S. with his wife and children from Syria five years ago. Sitting in a room with a plaque indicating this was Trump’s bedroom when he was a child, the refugee told the AP:
‘Before the conflict began in Syria we had dreams of coming to America. For us, it was a dream come true.’
Check out this video about the Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump’s travel ban via Kambiz Mostofizadeh’s Twitter page:
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