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and things me. although i'm not sure you'd get very far and you get to like the third question and be like i have to phone the fox i'm friend so instead of at trump attended a campaign rally and michigan are thousands of people who attended it was in a suburb of detroit trump told the crowd he thinks he'll meet with north korea's leader kim jong un soon. those are the headlines to keep it here on al-jazeera throughout the day much more news to come faultlines is next. he was the world's most wanted man the last meeting i had with him was off to neverland. bin laden was very nervous about meeting has not met a western reporter before in part one of an exclusive two part documentary al-jazeera speaks to those who met osama bin laden he never showed hostility towards me or the west i knew bin laden on knowledge is either.
an affinity and has. been a victim and. or members of an event like. a lot of other. labor look at a lot of the deaths in the making of a man of. the new. who's not of the ability and the eligibility but of the i'm an economist. and a little living in knowledge only of him out of the well betty. there's a bill already is called between his two home countries. yemen a nation destroyed by war and in the midst of what the u.n. calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. and the united states or donald
trump's travel ban has now made it seemingly impossible to bring his family. not i finish and. they should fall again when they want to limit his move to us. which is. michigan his family have been living in the east african nation of djibouti across the sea from yemen for almost four months. there hasn't been an american embassy in yemen for over three years now because of the war. that means visa applicants including american citizens like machine have had their cases assigned to foreign countries like to booty as they try to get their families away from the consulate. matthew hall and a mission to land up another but the head of my feet. my fishing county and my
vision. allows them in hot and bad in hot and heavy a while evolution to how to. sell this daughter eleven year old was born with cerebral palsy making it more urgent for her to get adequate medical care something that's become increasingly difficult in yemen and we're. in the matter should at least see if they needed. the money you have about just how you can only happen if not in the bowels of. the financial and mentality that. as the war escalated and as you've applied for visas forced family to join him in the u.s. where he works to support them and where she met can get stable medical care. they applied well before donald trump became president and introduced a travel ban. now so frightened protests marked initial
chaotic rollout of the ban which stopped the entry of nationals from a number of muslim majority countries including yemen. released just a week after trying to cough us the order more through three versions while it was being challenged in court. so it wasn't until december that the full impact on families became clear when the supreme court allowed the third version of the band to go into effect. a month and a half later his family had their interview at the u.s. embassy here in djibouti describe what happened in the embassy here and. in the night. i had been so into japan-u.s. so. because she was born after she became a citizen his youngest daughter could be issued a passport but his wife and two other daughters needed visas alan to my full time went on best fear and. and how did you feel when you got there and i can learn how
to now put it in the helmet of the if you see now it's not. enough you see you show me. you would have a well. one of the changes in the latest version of the travel is the inclusion of one pathway to the u.s. a waiver that can be granted on a case by case basis if applicants meet three criteria the more. each minute would at least one which a. little. old me a while and land with an italian the one in the hall it. was funny the oven talks are hot and anything. and the only thing you have to have one has limited the love of all me how they had. let me have
a bit of them ah i. thought that given seamus condition and the fact that he's an american citizen they would qualify for a waiver. with no appeals process their one hope now is the supreme court which is hearing a challenge to the travel with the decision to come in the summer. until then their lives are in limbo. the how they learnt a little how we don't have issues in general and nation hunger and if. living here has cost him his savings and he's relying on family and friends to get by so now he's questioning if they can bear the way to booty still have to go back to yemen so now that you've been refused what's your. plan to allow you to get a little love. in the if you can least i don't know if the american will know how little you know how do the little. julia manasseh. and
a lot of gallia money in kenya and. the warn yemen shows no signs of slowing as northern rebels continue to fight with the coalition led by saudi arabia and supported by the united states. now in its fourth year the conflict has destroyed much of the country's infrastructure leading to widespread disease and famine and over twenty two million people in need of humanitarian assistance. it's this that so many yemenis are trying to escape as they try to reunite with their families in the u.s. . instead hundreds have been stranded between their two homes stuck in a foreign country. we went to meet with a group of africans who'd been in djibouti for months many of whom had a ready received a waiver rejections under the ban. who here has a u.s. citizenship. so
a lot of you. so you you have citizenship i was born and raised and so you're applying for my life. i got the feel of paper here so you know what you're going to do now. now let's lift and now look if in the one two minutes it will be a good thing that he lets on the rest of us and i'm going this. list are any of the . most to spend tens of thousands of dollars waiting in djibouti where there's a high cost of living spending fortunes and borrowing fortunes and in the end. if you refuse to. raise the hope and i said if you know them over the next ten years you know i'll do that then i get in the document i was here you know. you could just got out i did yeah there are going to be and i know. that's the
question facing everyone here as they grapple with how to keep their families united and figure out where their home is no you know how is this affecting your families torn in broken down emotions you know will we come here and signs of hope and then they just tear that apart. the moment fists day was lifted all of these people received these a denial with a notice that they were also denied a waiver a mess is an attorney with the center for constitutional rights which has been working with yemeni american business applications who have received waiver rejections for their relatives she says there's been little transparency from the administration about how waivers are actually granted so how does one apply for a reason where there isn't a formal application process there isn't a real template available there isn't a form i fail of all you just go with a very thin language that's in the proclamation and you try to argue that you meet
that criteria that you would be subjected to. and you are cheap if you deny that it would be in the national interest so let us and that you don't pose a threat to national security but it's a bit of a shadow boxing exercise because you don't really know what it is you need to show to meet that criteria you don't know if you're going to leave or many of the families we met didn't even know that there was a waiver in the largely because they began their application process years ago are you aware of what the waiver process was. or people who had gone to their interview process and filed all the documents while before it was ever such a thing as a waiver so they didn't even make a case for and you hardship on what basis where they've being denied it's like you're getting a rejection for something you didn't even ask for and that seems particularly you know fast that you know your application for a waiver has been denied and i'm you know you've never even applied for one of these are us citizens and us lawful permanent residents who have a right to be in it with their families.
one of the couples we met in djibouti has been trying to start a life in the us for nearly three years i. hear yeah sure thanks for seeing us and make some home i'm concerned i am a man has three. muhammad first moved to new york in his early twenties when he went back to yemen a few years later he analyses or got married and they had their daughter. the war broke out when she was still a toddler. and a kid i will be the one to be the one but it will be the what if you know what i'm going to get with a hand stuck on a bus hit us well that's a tough political pull out of a listener that has that has a. little bit of that has to feel that he has definitely a lot of help as a little girl as a possible play out of that if i don't. play out i don't know if i had
a lot of. mohammed became a citizen when he went back to the u.s. where he was working and most of his family lives and started planning for a seasonal nao to join him. playstyle used to offer the house furniture for the house and this is tell me for a minute you and found. when they got to djibouti five year old the mayor was given a visa but her mother was still waiting for a decision. because of the from the embassy mandated focusing. on these it's come to the embassy to morrow he'd like to know when those lives begin to be put. away same case same number so they know that you might go to be there with so i don't usually get my was egypt. but as he says interview took place before the ban went into effect and it was unclear to her that she had to make a case for
a waiver. more confident to. head the i don't know on the matter who i want to cloth will tell a culture that want. to say i got out of time. i haven't. the political sense. that says the waiver won't be granted in your case take into account the provisions of the health commission. they give you any other reason that explain why it was silent but even if you've asked for advice just question you they even give you information from them and. the family needs to make a decision about their future within days because muhammad in their daughter has to go to the u.s. while she still has a visa. but then the question is where we go. for the house and a hospital that's the out of hat that has at the time when would have thought that
the path that we had fish. and been washed out on one and a half feet can set a killer. can. fit the hand of a house i don't. know how limited that window was chad am. i have. a month and a lot of time to lot. of the. house. for what. i lack. the separation facing mahomedan i see is a is shared by too many families their lives on pause as they wait for the supreme court to decide. summoned. before the war yemeni americans were able to travel relatively easily between their two home countries. that's the case for abdul figgy he works in the u.s.
for an a.t.m. company to support his family. we went to meet him at his apartment just outside. york city home to generations of yemeni americans that's a wave of immigrants they came from our area in yemen abdul's family's roots in the u.s. go back almost a century i'm a fourth generation fourth generation in the country my father was grandfather. from his mother's side of the cities my father was a citizen all my uncles are citizens abdu had hoped his children would continue that line to. she was twenty one years old her mother was seventeen when i was nine and this is my wife. and your other son so nineteen years old obama is not in this area he first applied for visas for his wife and four children in two thousand and fifteen just after the war began it marked the beginning of
their first long separation which lasted almost three years well it's me being here supporting them one. source of income to me i want to live and that was the logic for me to come what's more she really was that was a lot of that time. the next time he would see them would be in djibouti when they left yemen and traveled there for their visa interview with the interview together was in january twenty ninth and the interview the lower one she was eligible for citizenship she get it is that most of the it was rejected. it's difficult to reconcile obtuse family's history in america with the fact that his own children are now banned from coming here that wasn't that america that we felt that. to live them to to come. like to have
settled here personal lives. from the day we met abdul the rest of his family had just left to booty it was too expensive to stay there so they went to jordan where the wait for the supreme court's decision going to be a life changing decision that said that. when you are living here you feel lonely but you still have the hole that they are going to come and was just going to be a normal process full to bring them since it's guess that tata done. with the band. and you feel even lonelier than before. kids are either side of the globe. that's as it's very. very hard then.
the wait for families is costing them both emotionally and financially. as they try to cope with the uncertainty of what their future is. that i live in a new book but what's in the middle of. the not in. that amount of money but many of. the families we met during our reporting like najib and his family seemed like they met the criteria for a waiver under the bed. one of the things that where really sort of scratching our heads about is this sort of and you are an arm and how we can show that many of the people as you can imagine leaving countries like yemen would suffer and you
hardship if they're not able to rejoin their families in the u.s. yet there hasn't been any kind of instruction or clarification by the administration as to what standard you would need to show to me that and you hardship requirement. the families we met also seems like they meet the criteria particularly because they're american citizens and in this case his daughter she met needs critical medical care both of which are listed as qualifications to be considered for a waiver. so who's deciding who gets a waiver the u.s. government official position is that it's a consular officers discretionary decision but if you put yourself in a position of a consular officer and you're sort of told and the rhetoric around at the administration is over sort of an overall ban these people from these countries are essentially undesirable we're going to have a much harder look to decide whether or not someone should be eligible for a waiver. according to state department data some to congress in the months
after the ban went into effect eight thousand four hundred applications from the targeted countries were processed. but only two waivers were approved. the stay. departments later told us that four hundred sixty waivers for granted in a period of four months but they refused to say out of how many applications. i claiming that there is a robust waiver process through which you can seek a waiver it sort of takes away some of the harm with. a bit more of a sugar coating what is an outright ban and not sugarcoating disappears if you look at what's happening on the ground at the radar processes only there but not in practice. the state department declined our request to interview officials at the u.s. embassy in djibouti or in washington. but wilder in djibouti we managed to
catch then secretary of state rex tillerson on a tour of five african nations it was just a few days before trumpet fire him the yemen war is right next door many yemeni americans are unable to bring their children or spouses to the u.s. nearly all of them are being rejected because of the presidential proclamation what would you say to these american citizens that are being separated from their families the president has put policies in place that are designed to ensure that people coming are fully vetted it is somewhat chaotic we've all witnessed the kinds of attacks that have taken place both in europe we've had attacks in the united states as well the president feels a deep responsibility to do everything he can to prevent those and so he processes have been put in place the dish low the processing of people's applications to come to the united states we're going to follow those procedures closely and we hope that people will be facially with us while we work through that.
one hundred eleven if i did johnny i know it's above shaimaa i've been there and then i'm the only one. has said some few knocks back and walked on a while them to pass. on his vows of love us. within ten days of leaving to go to we've heard that many of the families we've met there have left. most of them with me in. time. i can fix. we met up with muhammad and his daughter on a and brooklyn where they're now living with the rest of his family. and on camera.
they decided the times he's a would go to tournament or how much older brother lives while they wait to see what the supreme court decides. and after months of a no what even if you're. not going to consider the whole of coffee how much highest explain to him cohen i mean. if you know. there hope is that a mayor can get her passport or green card soon so she can join her mother in jordan while mohammad works in new york but it still means her family will be separated. steve a little bit time with her mother a little time with her dad that's not good for her is not that far away for snow in . the four months from her mother before most will have father tests going to relate to persons. who want to to go. actually. i love this country that's like mcconnachie
i love it and i'm left to it. and that's one of those found i need to plan it inside my my daughter's life to love this country. but if you tell you is my mother leg now she going to go one day is like was what happened that time on about time. america took away your mom from you she needs a mother because everybody have kids have wire so we know you know how it is that we know different with we all the same same feeling seeing everything. so feeling right now have. a legislative.
template can become better from an online chat focus. and yemen and not get to heaven how did that best in a come but it lets me. and you should then be a meme now much then you've sort of went and showed up. for. the decision to leave djibouti happens quickly. and merge i mean what kind of health and the want you know that's what i mean that's what us will do nothing madam says phone users for the judy. with treatment unavailable for shame and too good to miss you told us he didn't know what to do but go back to yemen where he sent us these messages. well. how did she mother it was that with the oem feed the house and then feed. that. you
have yemen. heiler we have the body of. the last batch you hear of the. butt of asia so we are out of. all he can do now is hope that the country he once called home will let him do so again. and show a lot more going for you but i assume there are other. citizens unable to vote on represented in washington the members of congress do nothing about but of course like a part of the constituency in their responsibility and that is what's underneath this crisis phone lines visit to the island devastated by hurricane maria and demanding the support of the u.s. government more than we can turn your head and then the government has
a responsibility and you know nothing never get. shelter after the storm on al-jazeera no we're not. no. no no. no no the fact he took. the smallest fourth place on the planet one that could soon be lost forever with an international team of scientists is determined not to let that happen without intervention to give the big i would say here to a vast now it's a race against time to try and face a species like a crisis no it's an emergency plan to stave off extinction tagg know. what. i'm richelle carey in doha and these are the top stories on al-jazeera south korea says has announced that it will dismantle its nuclear test site next month and will
invite foreign experts to oversee its closure south korean president and welcome the move saying it shows kim jong un is sincere about denuclearization on the peninsula and leaders of the association of southeast asian nations have welcomed the historic enter korean summit as a positive step towards peace and stability in the region bloc also vowed to work more closely with china and india to counter the pressure of protectionism and there was a warning about the growing threat of cyber attacks we need to be resilient to both conventional threats and also unconventional troops such as terrorism and cyber attacks so these are issues that peace but these threats are very real.