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Halima's Homecoming

July, 2018

Teen Vogue traveled with Halima and filmmaker Mikey Kay to the camp where she was born (her mother had fled her native Somalia on foot). There, Halima met with children who were attending the same school she had, played a game of pickup basketball, and visited the camp's electrical, masonry, and dressmaking classes. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 185,000 displaced peoples from 14 different countries currently live in Kakuma; some of those refugees were preparing to move to the United States before the Trump administration instituted a travel ban that prohibited immigrants from certain countries from entering the country. Somalia is one of those countries.