Muslim man in Oklahoma is prevented from returning to the Middle East

by Carla Hinton Modified: February 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013

Long said he had to call his wife and child Wednesday to tell them he had been prevented from boarding his flight. Both were very upset, he said.

“They are crushed. It's been 2½ months,” he said.

Long said his mother also is extremely upset by the situation.

He said his job teaching English in Qatar allowed him to use his maximum 30 days of paid vacation to visit his ailing mother in McAlester. He said his paid vacation time ran out about six weeks ago, so he needs to get back to Qatar to continue to earn a living.

“It was an emotional hardship and now it is an economic hardship,” Long said of his thwarted efforts to return to home. “I can't believe this is happening.”

He said he plans to book another flight and attempt once again to return to Qatar.

Soltani said CAIR officials will continue to help Long as he seeks answers from the government about the reasons he is being prevented from returning to the Middle East.

“Our hope is that by supporting him, we'll be able to get him back,” Soltani said.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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