Time running out for Yemeni students at Edmonds college
LYNNWOOD — He said it is a daunting waiting game.
A dozen Yemeni students attending Edmonds Community College are trying to piece together a future in the United States that is still “in the clouds,” said Yunes Alhobane, 18.
Come June 23, their visas expire and the money they’ve been living on dries up.
In 2014, the group was chosen from hundreds of Yemeni students for the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program, promising a year in an American high school. The U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs launched the program after Sept. 11. The scholarships are awarded to students from countries with large Muslim populations.
It’s a chance for students worldwide to learn about different cultures.
A few months after the group’s arrival in the states, violence erupted in Yemen. The State Department extended the students’ stay while they waited out the war. It has been almost three years.
The State Department recently notified students that their program will not continue past June. Young men and women are facing a decision between finding a way to continue their lives in the U.S. or returning home to a war.