The birth of your child is supposed to be a uniquely special moment in any parent’s life. But father-to-be Hoger Ameen will miss it because of his nationality.
Hoger is in Iraq working in the city of Sulaymaniyah, while his pregnant wife Rachel Adrian is at home in Missouri, USA, and due to give birth to the couple’s first child this week.
The telecommunications professional had planned to be back in time to see his son born and support his wife through labour.
However, when US president Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the country for at least 90 days on Friday, that all changed.
Now, Rachel is facing the almost certain prospect of giving birth to the couple’s son without her husband by her side, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“I am afraid that when I do get to come my son won’t know who I am,” Hoger told the paper in an email.
“This is my first son and I feel sick that I won’t get to hold him.”