Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, recently posted a photo with a group of Somalian refugees while dining with them during his first Iftar. The photo has, since then, gone viral with more than 70, 000 shares on his page.
Zuckerberg wrote, ‘Tonight I had my first Iftar dinner with a group of Somali refugees in Minneapolis. As a refugee, you often don’t get to choose which country you end up in. When I asked one man, who had spent 26 years in a refugee camp, whether America now felt like home, he gave a simple and profound answer: ‘Home is where you are free to do what you want. Yes, this feels like home.'”
Zuckerberg continued, “There are few places in the world he felt comfortable to be who he is: the country he was born, and our country that values freedom. What a beautiful tribute to America.
“Thanks to my hosts for being so gracious at the very end of Ramadan. I left impressed by your strength and resilience to build a new life in an unfamiliar place, and you are a powerful reminder of why this country is so great.”
The Facebook founder’s message comes at a time when the US President Donald Trump has banned the entry of immigrants from six Muslim-dominated countries including Somalia.
His photo will also serve as a powerful reminder to India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, who’s so far resisted from attending any Muslim religious practices in India, where Muslims are more than 250 millions in population.
Zuckerberg was widely hailed by social media users after he posted the iftar photo.
Altamash Shaikh : Couldn’t find a suitable adjective for a legend like u…. ❤️ Mark
Pra S Anth: It is really inspiring to use social networking website like Facebook to bring people closer than ever. Unlike most other social networking sites Facebook is truly valuing the humanity. Keep going mark you are inspiring a whole generation. I hope you continue to do so.
Majang G Yiel: You’re doing a great work Mark Zuckerberg and thanks for visiting refugees community in US I hope you will one day want to meet with the Sudanese refugees in Omaha Nebraska US.
Eva Arredondo Moore: Mark you are truly a one of a kind guy. I only wish our politicians were as willing as you are to meet with so many people and genuinely get to know them.
Nouzstore Abel SaLvatore Fofana: You are really a source of inspiration Mark. Then never change the way you use to encourage people and motivate lot of young nowaday. Thank you Mark, thank you for Facebook.