Obama meets refugees as bitter Syria debate rages

US President Barack Obama hugs a 16-year-old refugee girl from Myanmar who was subjected to human trafficking and will now be moving to the United States, following a tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation in Kuala Lumpur on November 21, 2015US President Barack Obama said the world must offer haven to refugees, as he visited a Malaysian centre for displaced children Saturday amid a bitter and racially tinged US debate over the Syria exodus. During his stop at the Dignity for Children Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Obama knelt down to chat to children aged between seven and nine years about their art work and hopes for the future. Many at the small, well-appointed centre, complete with a pet bunny, were members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, which was at the centre of a dramatic boatpeople crisis earlier this year.

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