Monday 16 September 2019

Muslim mother reunited with her dying son as US eases travel ban

 

Welcome to America: Ms Swileh arrives in San Francisco. Photo: AP
Welcome to America: Ms Swileh arrives in San Francisco. Photo: AP

Emile Laurac

A Yemeni mother who was granted a waiver from President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several Muslim countries has arrived in the US to say goodbye to her dying toddler son.

Shaima Swileh landed at San Francisco airport to be greeted by a group of supporters.

Her two-year-old boy Abdullah Hassan, a US citizen like his father, suffers from a rare genetic brain condition and is on life support in a hospital in Oakland, California.

But Ms Swileh had been unable to join him due to Mr Trump's order barring visitors from six countries including Yemen.

After a tearful televised plea from the boy's father prompted public outrage, the US embassy in Cairo issued a visa for Ms Swileh, who has been living temporarily in Egypt.

Irish Independent

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