Americans in Kenya take to social media to tell their stories as prescription medications, diapers, and patience run low.Pic: Photo Courtesy
QUARANTINED ABROAD: U.S. CITIZENS IN KENYA WAIT FOR WORD ON WHEN THEY CAN COME HOME
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, many Americans are finding themselves stranded in East Africa.
One of those is Lul Hersi, a Minnesotan who traveled to Kenya for a vacation in late February.
On March 23, the mother of four from St. Cloud received a text message from a friend explaining that Kenya was suspending international travel. Now, low on her prescription medication, Lul is in a state of uncertainty as she and many other U.S. citizens and permanent residents fight to find a way home as countries close their borders in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
After living in the U.S. for nearly three decades, two of which were spent in Minnesota, Lul questions the value of her nationality.
“I don’t feel that being an American is valued today,” Lul told Sahan Journal.
Faisal Adan and his wife, Fatma Nur, arrived in Kenya on March 14 after traveling to Saudi Arabia on a religious pilgrimage. The two returned to Kenya with their daughter, Ladan, in order to fly home to Dallas, Texas. Faisal works as a truck driver while Fatma works in health information management at a Dallas-area hospital. As they remain stuck in Kenya, unpaid bills fill their mailbox at home, a reality for many in quarantine abroad.READ MORE