fault lines... al jazeera america's hard hitting... ground breaking... truth seeking... >> they don't wanna show what's really going on... >> award winning, investigative, documentary series. children at work only on al jazeera america >> good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgue portion. first lady michelle obama making a plea of justice on behalf of the kidnapped school girls in nigeria. plus attacks by suspected al-qaeda gunmen who change u.s. interest in yemen. and closure for 9/11 families continues sparking a very emotional battle at ground zero.
>> we begin this morning with my jeer gentleman where michelle obama used the president's weekly address to express her outrage over the kidnapping of hundreds of nigerian school girls just last month. >> i want to speak to you about an issue of great significance to me as first lady and more importantly as mother of two young daughters. my husband and i are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of over that 200 nigerian girls over their school dormitories in the middle of the night. this unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education. groin men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls. i want you to know that barak
has directed our government to do everything possible to support the nigerian government's efforts to find these girls and bring them home. in these girls barak and i see our own daughters. we see their hopes and their dreams, and we can only only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now. many may have been hesitant to send their daughters off to school fearing that harm might come their way. but they took that risk because they believed in their daughter's promise, and wanted to give them every opportunity to succeed. the girls themselves also knew full well the dangers they might encounter. their school had recently been closed due to terrorist threats, but these girls still insisted on returning to take their exams. they were so determined to move to the next level of their education, so determined to one
day build careers of their own and their make families and communities proud. what happened in nigeria was not an isolated incident. >> meanwhile, the nigerian military has rejected claims that it was warned about that attack beforehand. but amnesty international released a report yesterday saying officials had four hours warning. >> reporter: the military has seen the need to break its silence on friday on an issue, a very detailed statement for the first time since the attack took place describe be blow by blow what exactly happened on that fateful day, saying they did not have an advance warning four hours prior to the attack amnesty, but called for reinforcement by one of its patrols once the attack was already under way explaining and justifying that they were ambushed by the boko haram
fighters, and detailing that they essentially dispatched enforcements to where the girls were kidnapped 120 kilometers away in a rugged and difficult terrain, explaining because the nature of the insurgency that the patrols all along needed to be mobile patrols rather than stationary forces and investigation into their conduct is still under way. this is arguebly the biggest challenge and pressure that the administration of president jonathan has faced over the past few years. what the government keeps saying begin and again is that they're new to the situation to encounter insurgency like their line--just like the united states was struggling or trying to figure out how to deal with al-qaeda, they are in the same situation over the pa. five years trying to figure out how
to encounter insurgency in an area where they don't have a lot of expertise and an area where they need help and assistance. >> as first lady mentioned earlier the kidnappings by boko haram really aren't an isolated incident. the group targets schools as it police sharia law, and many students must now choose between their safety and their education. we have those details. >> reporter: another a mother or lost her husband to boko haram four years ago. she had dreams of her children becoming doctors and lawyers. but violence has changed her mind. >> i pulled them out and pull them in qur'anic school instead. it's painful what these mothers are going through. >> reporter: the children said it was a painful decision for
them. >> i feel sad when i see my mates going to school and i am not. to be honest i'm also afraid of what is happening in schools, but at least i go to a qur'anic school. >> reporter: her stories are echoed throughout the region why sending girls to schools is proving to be a real struggle. evidence that boko haram threats and attacks have affected enrollment. schools have been destroyed and academic activities disrupted. >> reporter: this school remains closed except for children to take their exams. they say the action was wrong and giving in to boko haram threats will have serious consequences. >> if we cannot train our children, if we cannot train our daughters to become engineers, doctors, nurses. >> reporter: despite promises to secure schools the attacks and
killings continue with the significant impact on school enrollment and pupil numbers. the increasing number on attacks on schools especially in the north means that parents face tough choices, their child's safety or education. al jazeera, nigeria. >> yemen's defense minister escaped an assassination just yesterday when suspected al-qaeda members ambushed their cars. a group also attacked the presidential palace killing four soldiers. they consider the al-qaeda yemeni branch to be one of the most active. the attack of the intelligence headquarters. four soldiers and three gunmen were killed.
at the same time, they intercepted a car packed with explosives on its way to capitol. they blocked most of the main roads here in the capitol and deployed many policemen and soldiers to control their situation. there are concerns of al-qaeda might take the battles of the heart of the capitol. the minister of defense was on its way to tour the area that was recently captured and his convoy came under attack. this is a clear indicator that al-qaeda, even though they have lost significant areas, they still have the know-how, the intelligence, and the nerve power to launch spectacular attack against the forces. >> the crisis in ukraine is now causing the west to draw even further away from russia, and germany and france are threatening deeper sanction it is there is any interference with ukraine's national elections scheduled for the
25th of may. but before that even happens ukraine will vote tomorrow whether or not it will join russia, that is despite vladimir putin's attempts to wait. many are calling the referendum illegal just as they did with the vote in crimea in march. crimea has been embraced by russia, but for the tatar community there, it has been not embraced. >> reporter: this place was previously part of ukraine. now crimea is under russian control and it's proving less of a half union. the crimean tatars have seen the council which sees in the building behind me as their representative body, but some members say they're coming under pressure from the new authorities in crimea. this member said that he was beaten up by suspected members
of the pro-russian self defense forces. he said a many more tatars are being attacked or threatened. >> that's why it is they have come under this similar situation every day. >> when they wanted to enter crimea from ukraine last weekend thousands of demonstrators tried to welcome him but was stopped. he's now banned for five years and many of the protesters face the same treatment. >> we've already doubled the amount being spent on crimea's tatars to more than $20 million this year. that's more than they ever received when this was ukrainian
territory, also one of the members is my deputy. >> but some crimean tatar politicians remain skeptical. >> our people were exiled for 50 years and then returned to a place where nobody was wait forgive them. will putin solve all that if it was on a case by case basis? >> they are not worried as long as the government does not sweep away the tatar language and traditions. >> i don't care if we have putin or ukrainian president. i want people to live in peace and justice, we also want to be recognized as a people. >> as a new chapter begins, it's tatar minorities are left wondering what it's role will be. >> nine weeks after malaysian flight 370 completely vanished the search is still going
strong. much of the work is underwater in the indian ocean in an area that stretches 23,000 square miles. they continue to listen for pings that might be coming from that plane's black box. thousands of unidentified bodies from the 9/11 attacks are being moved. but the families of those victims aren't so happy, and they say no one consulted them. john terrett joins us live from the world trade center where victims' families have shown up in protest. >> reporter: what can you tell bus the decision to move these bodies? >> good morning, morgan. first of all, i don't know if you have ever been to the world trade center or lower manhattan on a se saturday morning. everything is calm and peaceful. that's what is happening here. before there was a procession approaching the world trade
center side as the unidentified remains or 40% of all the remains here were moved back to ground zero for the first time in 13 years. and there was a pro session involving police riders and police vehicles, and three could have finishes draped in the american flag were lifted from the vehicles and taken into the new 9/11 memorial museum which is due to be open formerly before president obama next thursday. now this was a very, very emotional morning for people here, particularly for many of the families involved. morgan? >> john, it sounds like the victims are being honored. so why exactly are the families concerned? >> well, there are two types of remains. there are remains of families to do with what they will. and then there are the unidentified remains, 40% of all those found here at the site.
they are in the charge of the city. the city deemed they will go in the new museum seven stories down in a vault on a flood plane, and people will be charged 24 hours if they wish to be near them. not members of the families, of course, but any friends who lost loved ones at 9/11 here. they're very unhappy about that. here is one of the family members, and she spoke out in a press conference just over the road from the world trade center saying what they really want is somewhere really special for these unidentified remains which represent all the loved ones who died here and never made it from their homes. >> i think they deserve something beautiful because they never had a chancing to home to their families. of all the remains from 9/11 these are the once who should be given the most beautiful, most dignified place
to rest. >> so speaking on behalf of the families this morning, after the news conference they went in after the memorial and they are saying that they will boycott this museum and memorial until these remains are found some place more reveren reverendiol . somewhere dna tests could still be carried out should they need to be, but somewhere other than seven floors down on top of a flood plane. >> john terrett joining us live. thanks for being with us this morning. almost a month after a terry sank off the coast of south korea, 29 the passages ar passee still missing. they say bad weather has been the biggest obstacle and the
other problem is the condition of the ferry itself. walls inside that vessel has begun to completely fall apart making some areas too dangerous for divers to enter. 275 bodies have been recovered so far and the ferry's crew and owners have been arrested. balloon caught fire midair after hitting a power life. everyone apparently fell or jumped out. and searchers found one body this morning, but they're still looking for the others. coming up on al jazeera america, if you walk around certain parts of chicago there is a chance you're being watched. we'll tell but the high tech cameras popping up all over the city streets. and 22 years later people in sarajevo are celebrating. we'll tell i couldn't in jus--wn just a moment.
>> in the windy city big brother is busier than ever. traffic cameras are doing double duty keeping a very close eye on everyone. that's raising pretty serious concerns about privacy. we have more. >> in the windy city big brother is busier than ever. chicago's traffic cameras are now doing double duty, performing surveillance. what we don't know is are we tracking the terrorists or are we tracking someone else? are we tracking someone we don't like because of their political views. arare we tracking someone becaue they're simply an attractive person? >> reporter: chicago is among the most watched cities in america. it's traffic cameras will be replaced with new models that can pivot 360 degrees. >> reporter: how do you feel about that? >> a little violated.
>> reporter: for years you could walk from downtown to the other without ever being out of range. what is new with the new cameras they can profi pivot to follow n individual or zoom in for positive i.d. some critics say that is too much information. >> imagine that person takes that walk, and along the way they stop for a political meeting, and maybe they stop to see their therapist, and maybe they even stop to see someone with whom they are in a romantic relationship that they're not married to. >> reporter: inside this building police and emergency management officials can watch those cameras along with 24,000 others from trains and bus stops to housing projects to private office buildings all networked together in a web of stance surveillance. >> it's a little bit scary to know someone is watching me at all times. >> reporter: authorities say cameras like these help catch suspects like the marathon
bombers. >> i feel safer with the cameras here. >> but they capture the mundane acts of every day life. >> do you see that bulb? that's a traffic camera. >> oh wow. >> does that bother you? >> no privacy. no privacy at all. >> reporter: they would not discuss what or who was being tracked on camera, the only time rahm emmanuel discussed the cameras was when his motorcade was caught running red lights. there are no laws on governing cameras, who watches who, when and how only the workers inside this building know for sure. >> monday marks just one month from the world cup and an olympic organizers are denying british newspapers reports saying they were looking for a new host city to replace rio de janeiro. the vice president of the ioc
denied that although this preparation is the worst he has ever seen. >> there is no plan for london. there is absolutely no plan b. we the ioc, the international federation and the organizing committee and three levels of government have to work together and are working together to deliver the games. >> meanwhile as brazil gamble to get ready another construction worker has died at one of the stadiums. the man was accidently electrocuted becoming the eighth person killed while working at one of the world cup construction sites. the games are scheduled to begin june 12th. it took 22 years but people in bosnia are celebrating the reopening of a landmark. it was destroyed during the boosbosnian war.
>> reporter: they remember the night that he and firefighters received word. by the time they came the landmark building had turned into a fireball. >> it was a very difficult moment. a very painful one for me. it was late at night and we couldn't see anything. we managed to enter the building through the front door. the roof was in flames and it was about to collapse. >> they had bombed the city hall. firefighters believed that bombs had been us used, and it was ney impossible to extinguish the flames with water. >> i remember the woman across the city hall. she was crying. i asked her why she was so sad. she told me a part of sarajevo was burning, a part of me was burning. that was a very difficult moment for me. >> reporter: the house held a rich collection of books and manuscripts. by the time those flames had
been put out, 2 million books and manuscripts had turned to ashes. >> it was one of the biggest cultural losses ever. >> reporter: built in the late 19th century it was turned into a library and was a favorite haunt of university students until the war broke out in 1992. >> hope paupope paul vi is one p closer to sainthood. he was pontiff from 1963 to 1978 and is remembered by many for the churches ban on contraception. the ceremony is set for september 19th. >> a new attraction of one of america's tallest buildings.
>> good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america. live from new york city, i'm morgan radford with today's top stories. first lady michelle obama took to president obama's weekly address to condemn the kidnapping of hundreds of nigerian school girls. this comes after the m nigerian military said it did not receive warning of the kidnappings. france and germany warning of more sanctions regarding ukraine's election may 25th. >> meteorologist: i'm meteorologist eboni deon, still
watching the rain as thunderstorms go across eastern u.s. that will pretty much be the story throughout the day. not everyone getting in on the active weather but we're watching across the midwest, an area where we could see severe storms developing, including much of the state of missouri as welaswell as kansas and oklahom. notice that we are nice and clear behind this, and it is allowing a lot of sunshine. this continues to lift up to the north and east. as you can see here across the louisiana area we started off pretty stormy. things are now drying out just a bit. keeping an eye to the sky if you do have outdoor plans. a storm is possible throughout the day. we had a lot of dense fog around the northeast earlier this morning. but now we're getting a break from the clouds. plenty of motion still around meaning with breaks of sunshine that could add to the
instability. across the midwest mainly just some showers activity. we're noticing clear skies all across missouri, we'll still have to watch this area not just for today but mother's day as well, the middle of the country. look how slow moving this storm system is. by monday we will still have a threat with storms stretching from wisconsin, michigan all the way down into texas. these areas will not be out of the woods just yet. watching for wintery weather, rain will switch over to snow and that does include the denver area where we could see a few inches. >> speaking of keeping an eye to the sky chicago's newest tourist attractions is putting visitors over the edge. it offers brave souls a bird's-eye view of the city. visitors will experience a
gradual descent while they're up 1,000 feet in the sky. it's found on the john hancock center. thanks for watching al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford. inside stor"inside story" is cot >> it's been widely reported that apple home of itones is preparing to buy beats electronics for $3 billion. why would the company who revolutionized the music industry with the $0.99 download buy the head phone cny