Yemeni Mum Reach US to Meet Her Dying Son

December 20, 2018

After a huge public outcry, the United States allowed a visa waiver to a Yemeni woman, whose son is on life support in a California support. Under the Trump administration, travel restriction barred individuals from Muslim-majority countries to enter the US. As a result, the Yemeni woman, Shaima Swileh, who presently lives in Egypt, was denied entry to America.


However, due to the widespread outrage she was allowed to travel to California and meet her dying son who is on life support. It was earlier reported that Mrs Shaima has been waiting for a year to reach a conclusion on visa waiver. Even her visa application was dismissed last year. Late on Wednesday, Shaima landed at the San Francisco International Airport and was greeted by many well-wishers.


Swileh’s two-year old son, Abdullah Hassan, was born with a brain disease. Doctors announced that he won’t survive long. As per reports, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Department of State gave Mrs Shaima the permission to enter the US. CAIR is a non-profit advocacy organization that is representing the family. According to CAIR, thousands of emails were sent to the officials apart from the tweets and letters from the members of Congress who offered their full support to the family. The support that the family received was something commendable.


The organization also reprimanded the government for implementing the travel ban and stated that the toddler could have received care and comfort from his mother for weeks. The travel ban prohibits individuals from countries like Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Somalia, Libya, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.


A spokesperson from the State department stated that the hands of his officers’ were tied by the law; however, they tried to do their very best in all situations.


Abdullah and his father both are US citizens whereas Mrs Swileh is a citizen of Yemen. When Abdullah was diagnosed with a brain disease, he was brought to California for treatment. However, Mrs Swileh’s visa to meet her ailing son was rejected multiple times.

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