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el chapo. runninrunning a multibillion dor operation. thousands dressed in white marched through the streets of his home state, calling for freedom. "america tonight"'"america tonif putzel reports. >> if the sinaloa cart was, built a massive empire worth more than $3 billion a queer. jack riley runs the dea's field office in chicago. makes it the perfect place from moving drugs from mexico to cities across the united states. >> from my point of view i think chicago and the midwest in general right now is the most significant hub for the cartels
in the country. >> chicago's gang culture also makes it a recruiting ground. with tens of thousands of active armed drug members ton streets, drugs are easy to come by. >> what do you sell? >> crack, dope, x, if it's there we're going to sell it. >> what do you have here? >> crack. >> that's crack? >> west side of chicago, the last ling in the sinaloa supply chain. >> where do the drugs come from? >> mexico, columbia. they are the one who bring it. this is our job. this is how we eat. this is how we feed our families every day. >> does it ever concern you that you might be selling a product that might be hurting people? >> survival of the fittest right. >> they are not selling laundry detergent, they are selling
heroin, meth am fee meth am ampd cocaine. >> the get away was a huge embarrassment for mexico but also gave him the kind of cult following not seen since pablo escobar. >> not only connected by several tunnels but he always used the city's drainage system. the doors to the homes where he was found were reinforced with lead and that caused several minutes of delay in opening them, allowing for an escape through the tunnels. if extradited, el chapo could face trial in seven u.s. cities from new york to san diego to el paspaso.
>> this is a time especially in new york city we're seeing a big infusion of mexican heroin, mexican marijuana going into colorado, they're close it makes these drugs cheaper. taking out a guy like this is extremely important and that's where a lot of our focus has to be. we've got to go after these guys abroad and we've got to go after the governments that support them. >> in mexico skepticism runs deep. el chapo may have been the sinaloa leader. >> he's one leader. in the end it's a hydra. >> we're a corrupt country, very corrupt. where the government doesn't practice democracy.
>> the strike against el chapo guzman is an important one. however, the deposit's willingness to strike at the cartel's financial operations and steering kids what from organized crime. >> steering kids away from crime requires understanding of their incentive. three years ago i went to sin hoo to determine what was driving that. >> is that tempting? >> you are that desperate for money? >> young men like this are all too common in mexico. seeing a hive working their way up the chain of the cartel as their only way out of poverty. >> is that what you aspire to, you want to be in the big leagues of the cartel? >> federal officials in chicago were among the first to say they wanted to try el chapo guzman.
but a spokesman said they were eager to try him there. >> i would tell the securities there, he would be put under tight security where he could not escape. >> what happens next depends on whether he is tried in mexico or in the u.s. where a whole generation of addicts have been born out of the sinaloan empire. >> after the capture of joaquin el chapo guzman. over the past year armed vigilante group have formed in the vi district of michoakam.
david mercer has the story. >> tennessee recreation and raps town. after living in oregon for past 20 years, he returned to rural micuacan where he was born. he has found himself in the middle of a war but instead of fleeing, hennessey and his brother fought back. >> it is our home. what are we going to do? why are we going to leave? >> hennessey says the templar cartel made him. part of his father and brother are part of a 20,000 strong vigilante movement to combat the
knights templar cartel. extorting kidnapping and killing. finally last year, people had enough. tired of suspected ties between local law enforcement and the templars, they took over the security of their towns. >> two weems what they didn't do in ten years, now, and it was us, us, all my people, the people that believed that they had to be free again. >> bun hennessey's family has learned that freedom from the barrel of a gun comes with a price. his mother elena fears it might be the last time see sees them. >> i give them my blessing and i say to god, take them but bring them back hoax. don't let them be captured.
the knights templar would kill them. >> simpler more carefree times. some are from their time living in the united states. others from 15 years ago, shows their community a very different place. when hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit helped families get ahead. the diaz family used to have a successful sawmill business like the one behind me, but when the knights templar started demanding protection money, everything changed. >> now their sawmill looks like this. after years of building up the business piece by piece, they were forced to abandon it. hennessey's brother ricardo
says,. >> we were doing good and more than 15 people working. they're doing okay, you know you're feeding families, you're giving jobs to people at a need it. >> many people here now donate up to 25% of their income to support the vigilantes. in other parts of the state some farmers give 80% of their avocado harvest to the movement. it is this show of support that forced authorities to rethink how they deal with the so-called self defense groups. while the mexicans formerly tried to disarm them, they changed tactics. now they're working with the vigilantes, and at this point it is an arrangement that works out. arrested one of the knights templar, eltio, who wouldn't
have been caught without information from the self defense groups. now the army is further legitimizing theville vigilante groups. >> if they are with us not against us, all these months that have been coming back they haven't been fully with us. we now worry about us getting disarmed out in operations and that kind of thing. now the government with us, who is going to disarm us? good the road po to peace in micuacan won't come easy. this is a war they say that's already gone on far too long. david mercer, al jazeera, qualkaman, mexico. >> coming up next on "america tonight," paralyzed, the medical mystery alarming parents and puzzling the doctors. what's behind this polio like
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america's war workers only on al jazeera america risk. >> a mystery illness is baffling doctors in california. terrifying parents and spontaneously paralyzing a vulnerable target, 8 young children. the symptoms are like polio, a disease that hasn't been seen in the united states in 35 years. sheila macvicar reports. >> sophia had flu like symptoms so her family took her to the doctor. >> as we were leaving that appointment, sophia went to the treasure box to grab her toy after seeing the doctor and i saw her left hand mid grasp stop working. >> that was a bad sign. sophia had a spinal inflammation
and doctors did not know what caused it. soafs yah's one -- sophia's one of at least 20 children in california since 2012 who have shown signs of a polio-like illness, one that leads to at least some paralysis. >> the prognosis we have seen so far is not good. >> sophia's case is not the first he's seen. >> most of the children i've seen have no not recovered use f their arm or leg. we want to emphasize that this is extremely rare. >> polio is a disease that debilitated tens of thousands of americans from childhood to old age causing paralysis and death. many patients lived out their flieives iron lungs. -- lives in iron lungs. polio was finally eradicated in the united states in 1979. some of the california children
have been found to have a virus similar but not identical to polio and in every case the children have been vaccinated. >> our suspicion is that this is a virus, we are not certain. there are other viruses that can do this, we know it's not the polio virus. california officials are trying hard to figure out what this could be causing this. >> there is little parents can do to protect their children. good for the most part they. >> for the most part they have been devastated and wanting answers. >> for sophia, she may never regain the use of her left arm. doctors feel the paralysis in other children will be permanent too. sophia is coping. >> sophia told me all we need is
love. >> and that, she adds, is what matters most. >> centers for disease control is also searching so far for results. afp itself is not categorized as a disease, it is a symptom. it is hard to assess the symptoms or even if the cases are linked. doctors are hoping for more results in may where doctors will present their findings at a neurological conference. the president who is moved by trayvon martin's death charged his staff with creating a safety net for young minority boys, high unemployment, dropout rates, the goal for the president's my brother's keeper initiative is to put young
minority men on the path to opportunity and success. i spoke can valerie jarrett about the program. >> could you talk valerie about the inspiration for the president? he has really become quite focused on the issue of young men and boys and their future. >> i think it's very personal for him. as he said when he met those young mem from becoming a man organization a year ago this february they touched his heart because it reminded him of himself. the only i difference is he lived in a forgiving environment. he had a mom and teachers and adults who looked out for him. his hope was that these young men would have the chances that he had. programs that are improving these boys' lives amount putting them on -- and putting them on a positive trajectory, so we can
touch many, many more men and do what we know will work. that's good not just for moral reasons but that it's good for our economy. they are our workforce of tomorrow and we hav should inven them. >> you talk about what's important for economy and business and you will need the cooperation of business. >> the president said this is not another big federal program. in fact we shouldn't require additional resources. we should be smarter about how we use the resources that we do have. we should make sure that the funds that we have are going to support programs that work and creating incentives for programs that work. but this responsibility comes down on the business community. and they have responsibility. they can provide summer jobs. internships, mentorship, funding of not for profit provide these important service organizations such as becoming a man. and when you hear these young
men talk about this program, it treed thetreats them pride, the discipline to do your homework and get ahead, graduate from high school and go on to college. and so if we have programs like at a all over the country that will make a big difference. but the president also said we have a responsibility to parent our children. our fathers need to be involved in the lives of their children. particularly their sons need that positive role model. our community needs to take care of our children. if you have a single mom who lives next door to you, can you go over and give her a hand? if you can be a role model for her children, uncles and grandparents and extended family, everybody needs to get involved. right now these black boys are lagging behind, where at key times we can make a difference. >> you talk about the involvement of corporate
leaders, certainly the president has involved eclectic folks to advise him on this. can you give us an idea of who those are and why it's important to bring them together? >> certainly, magic johnson is a star athlete but a prominent businessman. he talked to hire into his companies. he has lots and lots of women who apply for jobs but not a lot of black men. why is that? we need to have a pipeline of a diverse range of applicants from whom to choose. there is a representative from american express, reached the pinnacle of the corporate world but yet feels an enormous responsibility to give back to his country. we had representatives from deloitte th touche, colin powel,
the promise to invest another $200 million and that's just the beginning. >> i do want to clarify, we referred to young minority men and young black men. is this a program really directed to young black people or is it across the board all minority communities? away do you mean that? >> it's primarily directed towards black and latino men. those are the ones that are lagging behind and learning to read by third grade and the evidence shows if you haven't learned to read by third grade the chances of you finishing high school on time are less. and even lesser if you are poor. we need that disproportionately black and latino men are expelled from school or suspended from school and that often leads to the juvenile
delinquents system. and that leads to the contractual system. >> looking ahead on our program, been there done that. he's been the top cop in america's toughest city, led corrections at rykers island, even trying to bring safety to iraq. why he has changed his mind about some elements of the judicial system. >> if we continue to create black incarcerate black men at the rate we are doing now, probably nearly all of the black men will be in the hands of the justice system. is that what we want? is that what the system is created for? the system is broken. the system has to be fixed. >> what former nypd commissioner
bernie kerrick learned next week on "america tonight." >> our al jazeera english colleagues he mohamed fahmy, baher mohamed and pghtd have per greste have been detained for more than 60 days. brazil, cambodia saudi arabia to name just a few, protested to bring attention to imprisoned journalists all
around the world. >> we've expressed concern about detainment of al jazeera staff and others, we have expressed that concern to the government of egypt, we have strongly urged them to release those journalists. >> we have been following, to speak for free speech. if you want to join, the twitter hajt ihashtd is #freeajstaff. >> she said promise me one thing, that you'll take care of dad. >> a look at the silent army of caregivers facing the difficult choices based in parenting their parents.
later, the question we have to face, who will dare of me? "america tonight"'s special correspondent michael okwu, reports on taking on the parenting of their moms and dads. >> she said just promise me one thing that you'll take care of dad. that was my mother's only dying request of me. and i said i would. of course. >> to hear her tell it, maria's father robert was more than a good provider. he was larger than life. a successful and prolific artist, a jazz enthusiast, a world traveler who spent his 20s living in europe. marina grew up in san francisco surrounded by his paintings. >> if there was one word you would describe him by, what
would it be? good renaissance man. >> renaissance man? >> uh-huh. he could do so many things. he was so talented. >> this was me as a child, this turned out to be my first car. >> when did you realize that something was changing with your father? >> about five years ago. how do you like to eat it now? you hingary? have a carrot banana and raisin salad. he became forgetful. i had discovered that he hadn't been opening his bank statements for over a year. >> over a year? >> yeah willia, yes, i said dadm taking over your bank account. and taking his car away, because he had his license taken away.
>> marina is one of the 40 million americans considered informal caregivers, the silent army of family members who provide care for a skyrocketing number of adults. marina is at the forefront of a care gap. providing care for every person age 80 or older. by 2030 that ratio will fall to 4 to 1. three quarters of today's family caregivers are also holding down jobs. marina is no exception. in order to work she had to enroll her father in adult day care. >> like for the first month he really fought me. he was very, very tough. >> what's involved in that? >> well, trying to get him in the car. he called a lot of you know sarcastic things in the beginning when he didn't want to go. oh i have to go to adult nursery school again. half of me wants to say you know
what dad you're right. i'll let you live your life the way you want. but he can't. he can't remember giving himself regular meals. his doctor said she didn't think he was giving himself medicine and i'd have to be in charge of that. >> luckily for marina her father had purchased long care health insurance. >> he actually bought this insurance and forgot about it the next day. >> marina cleans and cooks for him runs his errands and stays at home evenings and weekends to look after him. >> everyone wants a life and i just wonder to what extent your personal life is suffering from this. >> i really don't feel that i have any other choice. away would my other choice be, just to give up? >> has this made you change how you view your future?
>> yes. >> how so? >> i don't want my daughter to ever have to go through this. if she sees me starting to decline, just let me go down to the desert and dry up, and not come visit. >> i mean you can't be serious about that. you're suggesting that your daughter leave you alone and go ahead and continue to live your life? >> uh-huh. >> really? >> i don't want to burden her with having to take care of me. >> i wouldn't want her to be burdened with that. >> in some ways marina is lucky. alexandera, who asked us to use only her first name for privacy, lived clear across the country
from her father. >> he tells me he's in love, she's wonderful, and all of a sudden he's seeing this woman every day. my father's over 80 and she's only 40. >> the red lights are going off. >> exactly. he'd only meet her in a parking lot. he never went to her apartment. then he says, she is asking me for money, it turns out she has cancer, she has to fly to new york for surgery. within a few weeks he had given her $20,000 in cash. and that's when i finally said you have to come to california. you can't live by yourself anymore. >> she brought him to california. but not to her home. neither she nor her husband felt they could handle him. even at the retirement home her father was a handful. >> he was calling me several times a day just to yell. it got to the point where i had to block his phone calls. >> you were working as a lawyer?
>> right. >> how could you do your job and also look after the needs of your father? >> i left my job. >> you left your job as a lawyer? >> i left my job as a lawyer. it was more important for me to look after my father and look after myself and look at my husband and i couldn't do all of those things without falling apart. >> last year a study from pew research found that more than half of the adults in their 40s or 50s have a parent. they are the so-called sandwich generation. >> this is where me and my brother came and played baseball. >> when tracy helped her parents in greer, south carolina, she thought her stay would only last two weeks. she's still there. >> my facebook page is called my journey as a daughter, taking care of my elderly parents.
>> we first came across penning, in her facebook page. sole caregiver for her terminally ill father and her aged mother. her relationship with her father she says was always close. >> i am my father. very outspoken. tell you like it is. whether you wanted to hear it or not. but my dad and my mom, they're there, they're my angels. >> when she arrived at her parents' home, penning realized they needed more than temporary help. knowing they would never want to be institutionalized or cared for by a stranger. >> my dad don't want nobody in his house. and i ask him dad i think i'm getting ready to go back home this week.
well, how long you going to be? when you coming back? i know that's him telling me, i'm scare. don't go. >> but in florida, penning left behind her own family. a husband, and a 14-year-old son. the situation she says has brought her marriage to the brink of divorce. >> my husband was like a single father. so i expect him to have resentment. it's okay. but i also need his -- to know that i have support. >> what bothers her most is being away from her son. >> he will be 15, april 1st. yeah, i've missed a lot of firsts, things with him, first year high school. mother of the year. i feel hike i've got so much going on.
i've got my florida home, i've got my husband, i've got my husband, i've got my mom. i've got my dad. well, which is more important? the mother or the daughter? >> it's an unanswerable question for tracy penning and for so many others. michael okwu, al jazeera. >> looking ahead to next week on "america tonight." parenting an adult with autism. >> what's it like for parents of autistic children when that education support suddenly ends glm parents are scared to. >> parents are scared to death. the number one question is, what will happen to my husband or my child when i die, and along comes with that is what will happen to them as an adult? >> when letting go becomes even more important, one independent
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>> it's oscars season and one strong contender for an award is philomina. the story of an irish woman's search for her son. dame judi dench has been follow necessitated. she heard they're touching story. >> i met this woman, she had a baby when she was a teenager. she kept it secret for 50 years. >> he was three and a half. he was the most loving beautiful child, a lovely little boy. >> i would like to know if you ever thought of me. i thought of him every day. >> i was in my 70s by then. all she wanted to do was to find him. what happened to him. but i've caused -- i always kept
it a buried secret. as women of my age group did. you were so ostracized. it was a guilt, you were made to feel so guilty. you take it a long way through your life. >> ten years ago, your mother told me this extraordinary story. >> i didn't have any inkling beforehand. our family box of photos, i asked her once when i was a child who it was? and she said it was her cousin's son. but of course i realized straight away who this little boy was. >> i used to think oh my goodness, he could be in vietnam, he could have gone on skid row, he could be anything. but always prayed in my heart that he would be safe, you know, that he was doing well. and my prayers were heard. he was -- he did very well, actually. >> what a terrible thing to carry for all those years.
>> all those years. the relief when i told jane, when i told her, she didn't reject me, she said i felt sorry for you mom, didn't you? >> i can't imagine what that would be like to lose a child at three and a half years old. but i was also delighted. delighted that there was another brother out there, you know, and i was happy about that, happy to try searching for him. >> my guess is that anthony was adopted and sent to america. >> i think i would like to go. >> well i was so excited because i found him at last, i found him. she said have you got somebody with you? she said i'm very sorry to tell you he's dead. it was like losing him all over again, all over again. i thought oh my god he was 43 years of age. we headed up to where he was born, and we went to see the nuns again. >> they told you, he in fact was
looking for you? >> he was, actually when he knew he was -- of course he was dead and he developed aids and his party they went over looking three times looking for me. at the final stage he said look when i die will you please bring my ashes back so that one day my mother may find me? one we found the grave then it did give you comfort but i must have thought he wanted to be found. he was told by the nuns that he had been abandoned. >> he thought that i had abandoned him. >> do you think that's what he thought? >> no, he knew, i knew one day i would find him. sorry. and that brings a tear to my eye when i think about it, you know. >> how does it feel to you for 50 years, you kept that secret?
>> i did. >> so close, so close. how does it feel now to be talking to everybody about it? >> at my age knowing that so many people, so many women of my age, and they still felt they can't come out with the secret, they can't tell their families, i thought perhaps i really hope it will help other women to come out. >> you've been on two journeys. the journey to find anthony, and now this sort of very different journey. which has you in television studios and walking red carpets and going off to the oscars. >> i know, can you believe it? six, seven weeks ago i wouldn't have known this sort of thing was going to happen, really. >> what do you make of it all? good what do i make of it? i'm enjoying it, it's never again going to happen to me.
piece, "america tonight"'s doom may has the story. >> the work is known simply as umbrella girl. it's also considered one of the most beautiful, a bereft young girl, rained upon by the very umbrella which she's using for protection. many in new orleans saw umbrella girl a, imagine their surprise d outrage when they recently woke up to these photos in the local newspapers of a pan attempting to remove the painting. the photographer would took these pictures along with others confronted him and his associate. the men soon left. new orleans police are now treating it as an attempted theft. if they were removing it for
sale that's not the first time that has happened to a banksie. chris arld works for kessler museum in new york. >> banksie is a well-known street artist. he started out with small pieces in europe. in eight years he went from a few hundred pounds to selling a million-8 piece at sothebys. >> we caught up with him at a bash, and he brought this banksie, hoping to sell it. >> to move a canvas you need sum
bubble wrap and some cash. to sell a street work, you need forklifts put it on a truck, without the truck breaking down, take it down the road and put it in an art show. i didn't sleep for three days until this was done. >> not everyone is so enthusiastic that bandaged heart could end up in the hedge fund collection of some billionaire. the painting had become something of a local sensation. this man true to his brooklyn roots summed up the local sentiment best. >> epic. >> the men said they were doing it on behalf of the tate. a well-known bric british museu. we asked the faith it was so and they said no.
bandaged heart for instance recently failed so sell at auction. >> finally this hour we consider a question asked often in moral situations. what would you do? an unusual campaign from a bus stop in norway. has become a successful attempt to bring compassion in from the cold. this is johan, just 11 years old, sitting, clearly freezing. apparently all alone. at a bus stop in the norwegian capitol, oslo. a hidden camera captured the reaction from strangers as they saw him teeth chattering in the cold.
>> one by one they offer him the clothes off their backs. in a show of sympathy and basic human kindness. >> the nonprofit group sos children's village released the footage to inspire action. >> the inspiration was weal the work that we've -- was the work that we've been doing, the winter has been harsh, and the children and families that are internally displaced in syria because of this war. this conflict and this war it's been going on for three years and we've been seeing all these horrible images from the war and from the situation that the children and the people are in. you get numb after you see this
footage or the such a long time. we got this from a different angle and try tell the story in a different way. to try to identify more with the situation of the children. >> more than two and a half million people have fled the fighting in syria. the u.n. says roughly half of them are children, forced to live in makeshift shelters, a bitterly cold winter in the middle east, the number is steadily rising. sos children's villages is there in two different camps. handing out blankets and coats to local families. >> the impact has been tremendous. we've had response from all over the world. >> i think about 15 million people altogether that's viewed the film, we've had a great success with our fundraising campaign in norway. that means that we're able to actually provide children in
families that are in a horrible situation in syria with the help that they need so desperately. children are the same all over the world. and if they freeze in norway or they freeze in syria it's the same. it's our responsibility to actually help them keep warm. and to stand up for their rights and to really care. >> in the weeks since the johan video was posted online, sos children's villages has raised more than $366,000. more than ten times the original goal. that's its for us on "america tonight." please remember if you would like to comment on any of our stories, log on to americanigh americanight/al jazeera. we'll have more of america
patrolling the area for days. and on saturday, president obama, spoke to putin on saturday and urged the russian leader to deal with the situation peacefully and to withdraw all soldiers from ukraine. the u.s. is calling for the u.n. observers to go there, and stop preparations to have a g-8 summit in sochi. sixth time since 2011, general abdul fattah al-sisi, stormed into the station and slashed commuters at ram done. state media said the attack was carried out by separatist group. watch as these mudslides slip down the hills of los angeles county.
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