A Somali Man Told A Canadian Reporter He Walked 21 Hours In The Subzero Cold To Flee The US

Mohamed told the reporter he was fleeing because "America is [the] problem now."

Over the weekend, at around 4:30 am, CBC reporter Nick Purdon approached a man near the US-Canada border who said he had been trekking for over 21 hours in subzero temperatures to flee the United States. Purdon filmed their encounter:

This Somali man didn't realize he'd made it to Canada when @nickpurdoncbc found him cold & disoriented at the borde… https://t.co/49caa4utZc

Purdon was on assignment at the time for a possible story about asylum seekers from the United States to Canada.

He was driving along a road where CBC reported several Somali refugees have made the dangerous trek to Manitoba to flee the US since Donald Trump took office.

The man revealed that his name was Mohamed. He said he was originally from Somalia, and that he had started walking "in the morning" intending to cross into Canada. Temperatures fell to -17 degrees Celsius when he was stopped near Emerson, Manitoba.

Purdon told BuzzFeed News while they were waiting on the side of the road, Mohamed said to him, "I have a problem. America is [the] problem now."

Purdon then called the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police so Mohamed could get immediate medical care.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Emerson RCMP to get an official update.

"Last I heard he is in Winnipeg and his health is fine," Purdon added.

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