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Yemeni family 'hopeless' after disabled daughter denied US visa

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Yemeni family hopeless after disabled daughter denied visa to US

Najeeb al-Omari's eyebrows are furrowed as he sits on the front steps of his home in the province of Ibb in central Yemen, describing how his daughter, who has a severe mental health condition, had recently been denied a visa to the United States.

Al-Omari, a US citizen, has been trying to get visas for his 11-year-old daughter Shaima - whose severe mental and physical disabilities have been compounded by Yemen's civil war - his wife Asma, and two other daughters, Salma, aged 8 and Lamiya, aged 6.

"I did all I can; sold everything I've got and knocked on every door I know," al-Omari says, holding Shaima on his lap, her mouth slightly ajar as she looks up at the morning sun.

"The ban has left us with no hope," he tells Al Jazeera in a video call.

"We're completely helpless in the middle of this war," he adds, pausing to move the tip of his checkered headdress to shade her eyes from the sun.


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