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Syrian Refugee Family Completes A Journey That Almost Didn’t Happen

From left to right, Mohamad, Zeinab, Rashid and Ahmad Mahmoud arrive at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR.

A family of Syrian refugees landed Friday at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire, completing a journey that almost never happened.

The Mahmoud family was originally scheduled to arrive only days after President Trump signed his executive order on immigration. The temporary ban stopped travel for people from seven predominately Muslim countries and indefinitely banned Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.

With the nationwide stay on Trump’s order upheld Thursday by a federal appeals court, the family boarded a plane in Turkey and headed for their new home in Lowell.

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