'I Need My Mom': Yemeni Teens, Children Protest Muslim Ban
On Thursday, hundreds of Yemeni-owned bodegas in New York City shut down—many for the first time in years—in protest of Trump's recent immigration restrictions. We attended the rally at Borough Hall and talked to some of the families in attendance.
All photos by Brandon John
In New York, bodegas are notorious for remaining open when the rest of the city has fallen asleep or hidden away from impending storms. But on Thursday, hundreds of Yemeni-owned and operated bodegas closed their doors in protest of Trump's recent anti-Muslim immigration restrictions. Shortly after 5 PM, the Yemeni community rallied at Borough Hall, where individuals and families chanted, sang songs, and held signs in protest. Hoisted up on shoulders or hand-in-hand with friends, children and teens joined in and carried their own signs, many of which spoke to how the ban threatens to separate their families.
Thirteen-year-old Fabook explained that his mom is currently stuck in Yemen. "It's not right," he said. "I need my mom here in America with me."
Carrying a sign that read, "HATE WILL NEVER MAKE US GREAT," 15-year-old Khaled said if he could tell President Trump anything, it would be that, "we are peaceful."