Yemeni mother of dying 2-year-old gets waiver from Trump travel ban

Yemeni mother allowed to enter U.S. to see dying son.  Photo: AFP

San Francisco, December 20 (RHC)-- In the U.S. state of California, the Yemeni mother of a dying 2-year-old child was granted a State Department waiver from President Donald Trump’s travel ban and will see her son one last time before her boy is expected to die. 

The toddler, Abdullah Hassan, is in an Oakland children’s hospital with a rare brain disease.  Both Abdullah and his father, Ali, are U.S. citizens, but the mother, Shaima Swileh, is a Yemeni citizen living in Egypt.  Swileh is from one of five majority-Muslim countries -- Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Somalia -- whose citizens are barred from entering the U.S. under President Trump’s executive order.  The little boy is now in a coma.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino



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