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Salt Lake City-area Imam stuck in Kenya on visa hold

Deseret News File photo of Yussuf Awadir Abdi

 

Deseret News File photo of Yussuf Awadir Abdi

Deseret News File photo of Yussuf Awadir Abdi

SALT LAKE CITY — A group of Utah lawyers is working to try and bring a Utah man back to the United States from Kenya.

Refugee Justice League co-founder Jim McConkie says the man is a Muslim Imam in the Salt Lake City area.

“I’ve been out to his mosque two or three times, I know him personally, and this was just a shock,” said McConkie.

McConkie says Yussuf Awadir left Kenya as a refugee but is an American citizen. He went back to get his wife and children and was stopped from getting on a flight Wednesday night.