Seven beautiful ways humans defied Trump's 'inhuman' #MuslimBan

Seven beautiful ways humans defied Trump's 'inhuman' #MuslimBan
2 min read
29 January, 2017
As distress and hopelessness continues to seep throughout much of the world following a controversial travel #MuslimBan, The New Arab takes a look at those restoring faith in humanity.
The controversial ban sparked protests across the United States [Getty]

Millions of people around the globe were left distraught this week, after new US President Donald Trump ordered a travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations suffering political instability, humanitarian crises and military conflict, citing alleged terror concerns.

The controversial move, described as illegitimate, immoral and unjustified by millions - including world leaders and influential figures - troubled citizens from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Somalia.

But although the ban seemingly affects citizens of the mentioned nations, millions mobilised to denounce it. They extended hands, services, and solidarity with members of the world's Muslim community, and in turn, helped restore faith in humanity.

Here is how:

1. Protests sparked across major airports in the United States where those held at the border were welcomed with cheers, hugs and smiles by Americans who stood against Trump's ban.

2. Global accommodation giant, AirBnb offered free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed into the US, as announced by co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky on Twitter.

3. Immigration lawyers flocked to US airports to offer free services to those being held under the new ban. Figures suggest hundreds have been detained by security since Trump implemented the decision.

4. Canada, which already opened doors to refugees since Prime Minister Trudeau was sworn in, vowed to welcome those rejected by Donald Trump's administration - regardless of faith - according to a statement published by the PM on social media.

5. More than 400,000 people in the UK - with the number still rising - signed a petition calling for British leader, Theresa May, to cancel Donald Trump's upcoming state visit to the UK. Petitions which surpass 100,000 signatures must be debated in parliament, as per British law.

6. New York City's Taxi Workers Alliance, a union of some 19,000 workers, condemned the "inhuman" ban and announced a strike in solidarity with those affected.

7. Major technology corporations, including Facebook, Twitter and Google publicly condemned the move, which they say prohibits US companies from working with unmatched talent from around the globe. Google co-founder Sergey Brin attended a protest at San Francisco airport.