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you can log on to facebook. twitter, and our handle is @a >> on "america tonight" : imment entity handed. why the latest for middle east peace talks come to an ends. and why a generation of young americans stand ready for the fight. >> if i got called, i would be on the plane. >> and the crisis on the border. boomerang that's bringing a new wave of fear and terrified
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immigrants into the state. >> you think in the short run it's going to help. but in the long run it came back to really bite us in the ass. >> and fed up and on foot. a small town marry takes the long road to save his community and standing up to the health care industry. >> it's so bad that i got my fat self up and walk to washington, d.c. about it. that's how egregious it is. >> the new ground zero in the fight against not just affordable but any health care. and good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm joie chen. these are tense times in gaza.
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after a sharp upsurge in violence on both sides of the divide, and more blame lobbed from both sides too. a mortar shot from gaza killed four israeli soldiers and wounded ten more. the israeli soldiers said they killed palestinians, from the tunnels, there's a new controversy as at least eight peoples people, most of them children, were killed and dozens injured in the shelling of a park in a major community in gaza. again, israeli s and hamas accuse each other of being responsible. nick schifrin, we hear the drones in full flight this hour. >> the microphone can pick up what's above me two or three or four drones we have been hearing it constantly. if we are hearing it all of gaza city is hearing it, hundreds of
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thousands of people are hearing it and it is one sign that the escalation that israel is taking now. they have told all foreign journalists not to leave their hotels at all tonight and warnings coming from the israeli military to residents, residents of three areas, 200,000 people are getting these warnings tonight, mostly text messages, some voice messages as well, sail, quote, what is coming is worse than has come before. end quote. this comes after a very difficult day here. this is eid, the closest thing to christmas. what we saw this morning is a brief lull in the fighting, kids in the park, what's here is horrible, hard to describe. what happened was a bunch of kids were on a swing set in a community just about a mile from here when there was a strike basically right where they were playing.
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some nine dead at least dozens injured. when we got there about 20 minutes later there were people crying in the street. lots of blood, lots of parents wailing. we saw the same thing from the hospital. residents took me to the site, the impact site which was very shallow, by the way, only two or three inches, suggesting it was some small explosive, it was a very difficult holiday for the peel of gaza. as that day ended competing claims over what happened and how it happened. israeli officials i spoke to right after the incident were very confident it was not their munitions. they called and said this was not us. they said it was a rocket fired from gaza fighters that landed short that landed inside of gaza that hit not only that space where the kids were playing but also a hospital nearby. hamas almost immediately rejecting that saying that they have proof, evidence that the shrapnel that killed all those children was in fact israeli.
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>> nick as you noted the warnings are coming in, the caution s at a as well, the warning worse than before. also warning from mr. netanyahu that his people should expect a long operation. >> reporter: yes, this is a statement he made in prime time on national television carried by all of the networks in israel and it was a deadly day for israeli soldiers. so he talked about the sacrifices that the israelis were making, at least nine soldiers killed today. the second deadliest day in the last few weeks and then he ended by saying look, these people need to be -- need to have died for a reason. and so they've had about nine or ten days on the ground. so far they have gotten about 60% of the tunnels. that suggests they do need more time and that's what the priessments warned people, that -- prime minister warned people, that there needs to be more time to complete in his words the job.
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>> al jazeera's nick schifrin, thanks nick. from the fight on the ground to the diplomatic war of words now. secretary of state john kerry returned to the u.s. without a ceasefire in hand and now facing new sharp attacks against his own efforts on the diplomatic fight between the military strikes. here is "america tonight's" sheila macvicar. >> reporter: the u.s. has no closer ally in the middle east, a lon long friendship backed by dollars and symbolized by israel's iron dome, the intercept system that is destroying many of hamas's rockets before they can do damage. diplomats on both sides describing the relationship as special.
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and others disfunctional and that's been polite. tensions over iranian leaders and their nuclear program, negotiations that have led to an easing of international sanctions and have been expanded. netanyahu and others believe iran is dangerous representing a continuing threat to the very existence of israel and that negotiations amount to appeasement. next, u.s. officials including those in the white house were angered at the israeli response to the month-long efforts of secretary of state john kerry to broker yet another peace deal with the palestinians. cabinet ministers call it mess messianic. israel's right to protect its citizens from hamas rocket attacks. ut israel's heard loudest what
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they called kerry's nearing remarks about pinpoint strikes. >> it's a hell of a pinpoint operation. it's a hell of a pinpoint operation. >> and when the u.s. federal aviation authority banned flights to tel aviv because of strikes, israel saw red. >> david wineberg. >> halt american airline flights to berne gurion airport. nice commercial hub you have there mr. netanyahu. i smell an administration rat. >> proposal from kerry for the continuation of the 12 hour humanitarian ceasefire in gaza. as a, quote, strategic terrorist attack. and the times of israel as a betrayal. that he is now considered
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duplicitous and dangerous. kerry and his officials say that document smithed to the israeli security cabinet was meant as a working document not a final proposal. the israeli cabinet unanimously rejected it believing it did not give israel the right to continue action against the hamas tunnels. insurances that -- assurances that have been given privately to netanyahu. joie. these attacks against kerry are offensive and gra tu to us. that led to a -- gra tu t gratu. very clear is our strategic imperative to get to a ceasefire to end hostilities, now. not next week. not two weeks from now. but now. >> yeah but the problem with that is, what is the likelihood that mr. obama can get that? >> we heard from prime minister
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netanyahu earlier this evening that they will continue their operation, enlarge their operation to go after the entire hamas tunnel network. the larger goal they're talking about is the demilitarization, without a peace accord, without a really negotiated peace accord is not possible because hamas has the capacity to make and manufacture and launch rockets. >> so that raises the continuing conflict and raises the pressure on the administration to try to whatever, redefine its relationship with hamas here. >> the notion was sort of a set of rolling ceasefires, small gains, another 12 hours, another 12 hours, another 12 hours which would provide a space where you could get to a point where you could have substantive talks about the things that matter most but the things that will ultimately bring calm. and until you get to that point, it's not possible.
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and as long as -- and secretary kerry really thought that this was the way forward, which was to get to a ceasefire with hamas and perhaps had inadvertently dealing only with hamas and not palestinian authority, perhaps strengthening hamas's hand. >> "america tonight's" sheila macvicar, thank you so much. health officials say it is the worst outbreak ever of one of the debtliest diseases ever, ebola virus. others are working against time to retrace the steppings of a man they fear could have spread the disease even further. we get the story from "america tonight"'s sarah hoye. >> i have three girls . father. >> one of the most feared diseases in the world has left a
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minnesota family grieving over patrick sawyer. sawyer was just weeks away from returning here to the u.s. to visit family. >> it's a global virus because patrick could have easily come home with ebola. easy. easy. ebola, as close as our front door. >> reporter: ebola is caused by a virus, some strains kill up to 90% of the people who contract it. this latest outbreak in west africa is being called the largest ever by the world health organization. it's killed more than 670 people so far about 60% of the nearly 1100 who have contract tetd virus, in gi nee --ed the virus, in guinea, are rg sierra lien and liberia. >> trying to find and trace
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these people that gentleman may have been in contact with during his flight. >> nigeria and senegal, officials are monitoring 59 people who had contact with sawyer as he made his way to lagos. >> really really important, it is keying to you know bringing this outbreak under control. >> reporter: two americans working to save lives are now fighting for their own, being treated for the virus. nancy ribol, working with the aid organization, samaritans purse. and david brant li became infected with ebola this past week. ebola spreads through contaminated body fluids. things like blood, sweat, sal i'veye have a.
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aliv saliva. internal and external bleeding. >> sadly, there is no treatment for ebola. what we do is treat them with fluids and lots and lots of pain relief. >> the rush is on to contain this lethal virus. sarah hoye, al jazeera. >> one of the two americans receiving treatment for ebola is a doctor working for a north carolina aid organization, samaritans purse. ken aye sachs, the vice president of government operations, appreciate your being with us. both a doctor and ohealth care worker are involved. >> that's correct. three are part of our team in monrovia, liberia. >> have you heard anything about their condition? >> yes, i have, gotten off a phone call with one of our
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doctors over there. they're both in serious condition. they are sick but stable. we have given blood to one of them. the man, kent, the doctor bradley, he is on his sixth day. and the lady, nancy, is on her fourth day. so they're not out of the woods yet. they've got along way to go. and we hope that they recover and we're going to do everything that we can to try to make that possible. >> you know, i think this sort of magnifies the problem with ebola and the problem with it. if well trained health care professionals can contract it in the course of their work we spread. >> it is spread very easily. i'm reading some reports that it's not that hard a disease to catch. but that's not actually what we're seeing. we're seeing is that even casual contact, where body fluids are exchanged, and that can be perspiration from a hand and
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then could you rub your eye and get it. but certainly what we are seeing in liberia and what we are reading about in guinea and sierra leone is the disease is growing at an alarming rate it is very deadly. >> there is no known vaccine but it is possible to treat if you get to it early enough and if there's enough support, enough aid available. >> well, the -- there is no vaccine. there is no curative treatment. all that can be done is, if you are able to diagnose and get to the patient soon enough, and then intensive supportive care is provided that meansi have fluids perhaps blood, main -- iv floods, perhaps blood, that can increase the odds of survival but certainly no guarantee of survival. one of the sad things now one of
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the tragic things is that in liberia the moralityity rate is 57% and those are not good odds to have. >> we wish the best both for those folks and your folks. ken isaacs is the vice president of operations with samaritan's purse. thanks so much. when we return to "america tonight," a health care crisis in a north carolina community. and why it put a small town mayor on the move. >> this should not be a possibility for an organization to come in and through misrepresentation out-right lies, steal away people's emergency care for 20,000 people. >> who took bellhaven's only hospital away and why he set off to bring it back. also, the law and unintented consequences. a wave of immigrant youngsters crossing our border.
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>> al jazeera america presents a breakthrough television event. borderland. six strangers. >> let's just send them back to mexico. >> experience illegal immigration up close and personal. >> it's overwhelming to see this many people that have perished. >> lost lives are relived.
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>> all of these people shouldn't be dead. >> will there differences bring them together or tear them apart? >> the only way to find out is to see it yourselves. >> which side of the fence are you on? borderland, sunday at 9 eastern, only on al jazeera america. >> while the wave of tens of thousands of immigrant children continues to cross our border president obama is set to meet with leaders of central american nations in the white house on friday to talk about the crisis and how to stem the tide. critics blame president obama's immigration policies for increasing the crisis but we get reynolds. >> in the 1980s civil war raged cross central america. hearing soviet influence u.s. president ronald reagan strongly supported military dictatorships
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and undemocratic right wing regimes. like jose nah poalian napoleon duarte in el salvador. >> turning our head the other way when they went about doing their death squads and killing tens of thousands of innocent people. >> mostly civilians were killed by soldiers and right wing death squads. many families tried to get away from the bloodshed seeking refuge in the u.s. >> we drove hundreds of thousands of people out of their countries during that time. >> their prime destination: los angeles. salvador salabria is head of a organization. >> los angeles is the modern americans.
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this is the capitol of the central american diaspora in the world. >> former gang member alex sanchez's family fled central america at the time and settled in the pico neighborhood. >> central america is always going to be remembered as those dark ages. >> in the barrios of la young refugees encountered criminal gains and formed gangs of their own. sanchez formed a gang as a teenager. he now helps ex-gang members form new lives. >> i wanted to feel accepted. i wanted to feel acknowledged. irwanted to feel like i was valuable. >> reporter: the central american gangs include ms 13 and the 18th street gang identified by their tattoos. they quickly became among the most lethal gangs. >> they are violent, and they do
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scare people, and they do crazy kinds of things, very unorthodox even for gang members. >> sanchez and others did time in california prisons. >> i ended up going to prison three times for various reasons. and i -- it wasn't about learning a lesson. it was more about punishment i felt. and for us, going to prison wasn't so much a n opportunity to reform and acknowledge the wrong that we'd done. it was more about getting more reputation and credibility within the gang structure. >> reporter: in the 1990s thousands of central american convicted criminals were deported by u.s. authorities. >> they deported gang members but they exported american urban gang culture. >> reporter: gangs born in los angeles flourished in el salvador, guatemala and honduras.
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>> these returnees back to their countries after serving time in prison recreated those violent conditions in those nations. >> reporter: now gang driven violence have made those countries among the most violent on earth. largely to escape that pervasive violence tens of thousands of central american children are leaving their home lands and coming to the u.s. the majority cite fear of the gangs as their reason for fleeing. >> the anti-communist type of mentality that we had especially during the reagan era came back to haunt us. this is all part of a historical trajectory. you do negative things, destructive things, in the short run that's going to help but in the long run it came back to really bite us in the ass. >> this is the backlash that the children are fleeing those policies. they're fleeing. and this is where they're, on
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our doorstep. they're saying your policies push me to take this desperate measure to come to your doorstep to seek refuge. >> a legacy of violence rooted in the cold war. poisoning the lives of children born decades later. rob reynolds, al jazeera, los angeles. >> following up on this report, we're joined by shana hebert. i want to ask you, it is almost as if it is so much more complex in this wave of immigration that many americans would believe. >> that's right, as your piece was pointing out, the gangs had their start in the 19s and the 1996 immigration law which required the deportation of people who had committed criminal offenses in this country. but it really became a perfect storm when these countries that were just recovering really from the civil wars that we
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participated in, in the region, in the 1990s and the 1980s, didn't have the ability to really dprap l with these -- to grapple with these new forms of violence that were coming into their communities. >> the two issues, shaky political environment and the return of these young people who thus mature and become -- and we say gangs. it is not purely gang in the american sense we think of. these are almost community groups. >> right, they're whole neighborhoods that are dominated, emptied out neighborhoods where the gangs have intimidated the people to live. and the one neighborhood we work with youth and really trying get at the violence prevention aspect of this -- >> so is it really possible though? we've in effect exported a level
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of violence into these communities. these organizations have control, whether you want to call them gangs or whatever they are, they have control and they force these young people out. is it possible the get that under control, especially from this distance? >> so it's certainly possible to address it. what won't address it is some of the plans that are on the table right now. we're not going to solve this problem through more military on our border, or beefing up fences. or having drones on our border. >> what about the money that the president proposes to send to central america? >> so the 300 million that the president has in his request to the senate and to the house, the majority, the loin's share of that goes to the same policies we have been funding, these monodura policies, police organizations and military organization he that we know to have serious corruption problems
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or lack of political will to really -- to really solve the violence issues on the ground. a lot of times the police organizations are actually deeply penetrated 50 very actors that we are trying to combat. and unfortunately the metrics that we use to measure how successful our programs are the $73 million we spend a year in military and police aid in central america have to do with how many shipments are drugs are interdicted rather than -- >> requires a greater -- >> -- how many kids we rescue from the clutches of gangs or basically the security system that the people are facing on the ground. >> very complex. we appreciate you being with us, shana hebert, thank you. when we return, ready to serve. the latest middle east clashes and why american servants are
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ready to serve once again. >> my role was to go to houses to check cars, checkpoints, anywhere they needed to check if there were weapons, explosives, you know anything that could be a danger or explosive device. >> also ahead on the program. the riches of history and a new dig that's bringing new wealth but great risk to africa's sudan.
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>> now, a senate shot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." a 20-year-old man died and more than seven others injured during a freak lightning storm at venice beach, near lang. four direct lightning strikes hit, lightning from the same storm hit catalina island and injured a man on a golf course. wild weather in massachusetts where a tornado touched down in revere, blowing roofs off houses and tossing debris into streets. luckily, only minor injuries were reported. mh17, investigators are no closer to gaining access to the crash site. dutch
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and international investigators were blocked from the site due ting fighting between ukraine and russian back separatists. defense and energy sectors. they're called lone soldiers, volunteers from a broad in the israeli army, without support from family or friends abroad. jordan ben simon from france was celd in the early days of the latest ground battle. they were honored with full military funerals in israel. "america tonight's" michael okwu brings us the story of why these soldiers choose to fight so far from home. >> if i do get called of course i would go, i'd be on the next plane. >> 26-year-old katy freeman could be called up for military service at any time. not to the u.s. army but to a fighting force more than 7500 miles away.
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she's one of thousands of so-called lone soldiers, member of the jewish diaspora who voluntarily enlist in the are jewish defense force or idf. 6,000 other nonisraelis fighting conflict. >> as much as i'm proud to be an american and i'm thankful i was born here and got to grow up here i wouldn't trade that for anything, when you're in israel it is the feeling of belong. being home. if it's under attack you would do anything to protect it. >> freeman said she knew she wanted to serve after vistaing israel for the first time when she was 16. >> i got there and just kind of fell in love with everything. with everything, you know the good parts of it. the bad parts of it. you walk down the street and you know everybody. this connection you have. you don't get that anywhere in the world.
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that's when i started planning the rest of my future. you know? >> plotting the return. >> exactly, plotting the return. >> reporter: how doesier family react when you call them up and you say to them i'm staying here and i'm also joining the army. >> my mom flipped out but i'ming, there's nothing you can do, i'm not changing my mind. i'm being drafted now. >> reporter: freeman was only 19 when she enlisted, one of the few, in the unique dog handling unit. >> okuts, checked to see if there were weapons explosives, you know, anything that could be a danger or explosive device. >> reporter: do you ever have any real close calls? >> my dog did find an explosive device at a checkpoint once and
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actually go on to find something call. this is why i'm doing what i'm doing. because it's not always the best feeling to go and have to check all these people. because most of them you know, they just want to go to work or they want to you know go to a family's house but you do it because you know that my job is to make sure that everybody on the other side of this checkpoint is safe. >> reporter: she served two and a half years, a year longer than required. for last four years she's been in the reserves and could go back any time. 60,000 reservists have been called up since the beginning of the current conflict. for freeman returning now would be hard. >> you have a ten month old child now. >> yes. >> things are i imagine different than they were years ago, in 2008. >> yes. >> do you worry about that? >> obviously my job, my number one job right now is being a good mom. you don't want to miss anything that she -- every day there's
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something new. >> reporter: the truth is you're risking more than just missing those moments. >> just being there right now it is -- you are putting your life on the line. but when he talk to my friends, i talk to them every day, girls from my squad. people are doing everything they can to be a part of it and help. and a part of me breaks that i'm here now and not there to help, to do anything that i could be doing. >> reporter: and yet a part of you might break if you are there, thinking of your daughter being here without her mother. >> i do wish that i was there. right now, you know, it's better for me to be here. my daughter is a lot safer. >> the dangers are real. earlier this month, two americans were killed fighting for the idf. one of them, 24-year-old maxsteinberg was from katy's are
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home of woodland hills. he joined in the summer of 2012. >> i can't believe it. i just can't believe it. >> at a candlelight vij vigil, max and eveie. >> he was our spirit. >> everybody came out for max steinberg the other night. we all worry for each other. >> ah lan a alana is a so-called loan e-parent. her son dylan has served before and is waiting to see if he will be called again. >> he feels a strong pull to holocaust survivors. our family is immigrated from russia and from poland and many of them did not get out of poland. and i think that he feels a very strong sense to defend the fate of israel. have.
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>> reporter: he joined in 2009, through a group called gorinzabar, which has helped hundreds of lone soldiers . prime minister benjamin netanyahu welcomed them. dylan served six months on the dangerous border with gaza. his job: to carry the so-called mini machine gun, a 60 pound final, t -- firearm, to are strategic points. she worried about her son. >> it's terrifying, really terrifying. when those days go by, it's more than today and there are times when 21 days go by and you know you don't know. >> reporter: currently on leave in southeast asia, dylan is waiting to hear if he gets
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called back. >> he feels disconnected from everything that's going on and he feels it's his responsibility to be there. >> reporter: as the bloody conflict ranges on, lone soldiers around the world are watching. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: some like katy with mixed emotions. >> being here and you know watching on the news, you know, i pray for everybody to be safe. same thing, you know, for the citizens in gaza. civilian casualties, it's more than a tragedy. being a mom thinking about losing a child i don't know what one goes through that. >> what are your hopes in the middle east moving forward? >> all i want is peace that hopefully one day we'll be able to get there. of course it's going to be hard. there's a lot of pain already that's there. there's a lot of hatred. to kind of break down those walls, i think -- is it possible?
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i want to believe yes. how we'll get there i don't know know. >> reporter: michael okwu, al jazeera, los angeles. >> the american warrier trying to bring back health care to his community. >> there should not be the possibility for an organization to come in and through misrepresentation and outright lies steal emergency care from 20,000 people. there ought to be a law. >> why he's taking every step to save the local hospital. >> there is a tendency to downplay human rights in favor of commercial interests >> harsh realities of a world in crisis >> governments care about their reputation... >> can roth, head of human rights watch
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>> the coastal town of bell haven north carolina is an unlikely place to start a revolution but when the community lost its only hospital the mayor became an unlikely warrior, in a fight against the government both state and federal and a major health care organization. now he's taken steps, hundreds community. "america tonight's" chris bury follows long . ♪ ain't going to let nobody ♪ turn me around ♪ turn me around >> along north carolina punga
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river, a gospel singer belted out a civil rights anthem, as they protest the closing of the only hospital around. bell haven pungo hospital served a community for miles around. the mayor of bell haven set out on a 275 mile walk to washington, d.c. mayor adam o'neil is on a mission to slai shame the compay that closed the hospital and pressure the government to do something about it. >> this is a great example of a big company thinking they're above the law doing what they want to do and take their health care. it's so bad i've got my fat self up and walk to washington, d.c. about it. that's how egregious this is. >> vident health shut down are
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the hospital. saying the hospital was losing up to $2 million a year. but the mayor and the naacp has filed a formal complaint. they claim the company broke a promise to keep bell haven open. >> there should not be a possibility for an organization to come in and through misrepresentation outright lies, steal away people's emergency care for 20,000 people. that should be against the law. >> reporter: only a few days after this sign went up at the newly closed hospital, asking people to call 911 if they had an emergency, 48-year-old portia gibbs told her husband barry that she was suffering chest pains. the nearest emergency room was an hour and a half away. >> when she started having chest pains that morning it was out of the blue. we had been work out in the yard.
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we come up here and sat on the porch and auxiliaries i checked her blood pressure, it was high. normally she carried a low blood pressure and i took off. >> hoping to save time, gibbs raced 20 miles to the nearest ambulance station. his wife was still breathing. paramedics called in a helicopter but it had to come from a town 45 miles away. just before it landed, a paramedic delivered the dreaded news. >> the paramedic come out and said barry we've done all we can do. now i'm asking you of the, he said because her heart just cannot take it. no more. and at that point, they called it. >> the county ems director says portia gib gibbs would not haven taken to bell haven if that was the option because the hospital lacked the ability to treat her
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condition. the hospital's former chief of staff disagrees. >> she in my opinion would have had a better opportunity to have survived had she not lost that 30 minutes of time if we had this hospital open she would have been able to be in our emergency room in 30 minutes and she would be attended immediately. >> reporter: do you think your wife would have survived at the hospital still been open? >> i look at it this way: we didn't have the option. i mean, the good lord's the only one knows whether she would have made it or not. >> this cost lives. people die. >> at the start of the mayor's walk protesters held up portia gibbs picture as a symbol. mayor o'neil blamed the hospital chain for her death. >> she waited one hour for a a helicopter, died as the helicopter was landing. before this, before vident came
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in and shut our hogs, she would have had 25 minute drive to bell haven and 30 minutes to the emergency physician. instead that lady is dead today. >> the hospital opened in 1949 after congress mandated federal aid to rural communities. for this sprawling slice of north carolina where cotton is still king and fisher men eke out meager livings. >> we have got mostly elderly and poor people and exriegz about 80% of -- economics of the area too. >> but the economics of serving that elderly poor and rural population became a money losing proposition. >> the cost of doing business were going up and the
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reimbursements were going down. >> the mayor and other officials negotiated to take over the hospital. vident hospital refused to speak to "america tonight." quote, the town agreed to the closure if it was prepared to take over hospital operations. mayor o'neil adamantly disagrees with that. >> i hate to call people liars, they continually lie, they refuse to hold themselves accountable. >> yeast feen broke -- josephine broke her hip in a car accident. >> i was blessed to have the hospital so close. if i had not a broken hip i
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would want to walk a few miles with mayor adam. >> he says north carolina has shot itself in the foot by refusing to accept more medicaid, health insurance for poor, because republicans there don't like obamacare. >> i don't agree with republicans with everything but when it comes to health care and it comes to people living or dying, we all need to work together. we are sending our tax money away, $2 billion every year, i don't see where that makes sense. >> he is convinced rural hospitals are paying the price. >> more rural hospitals have closed in the last two years than in 15 years. that means people all over the country don't have emergency care anymore. people are needlessly dying. >> in bell haven, byden has opened 24 hour emergency care. >> there is no doubt in my mind
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that with this hospital closed we will see more deaths. when, that's to be seen. but what that hogs as safety -- had a hospital has saved hubs of lives if not thousands. >> reporter: so for two weeks, mayor o'neil kept walking all the way to washington, where he'll be looking for help to reopen his town's hospital for those who live in these rural counties his mission is literally a matter of life and death. chris bury, al jazeera, north carolina. mayor adam o'neil joins us on the set. your difficult adjourn. how was it? >> it was very difficult. 540,000 steps. >> the federal government, or the state house at north carolina? >> we have been to the state house.
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i've spoken on the legislative lawn in raleigh. we've had republican senators send letters to vident health asking them to do the right thing but hhs is doing a investigation on that 100 million dollar profit/nonprofit that closed our hospital. >> on the medicaid expansion, what is your recommendation to the law americas in your state and to the federal level? >> i've been talk going this a lot in the last three or four months and i don't really see a reason not to accept it. >> not to take the federal money? >> not to take it, the first two years the federal government pays for all of it. and you can opt out at any time. if you don't think the federal government is keeping their end of the bargain at some point in time, you can always opt out. >> you think this is happening all over the country. >> rural possess all over the country are having problems. there have been more rural hospitals close in the last 18
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months than in the past ten years. rural hospitals are struggling more because you're cutting revenues, and when you cut revenues to operations, entities that barely break even every year it causes us problems. >> could your community have done this dirnlts? vident said they would put up a million, your community would put up 2 million. was that even possible. >> the problem was vident was supposed to do certain things and they didn't do them, they were pretty strong things. so vidernt tried to prevent us from take their hospital back. so we are the primary example of a big company coming in and squashing out a little guy. the problem was, this isn't a grocery store, this is our emergencies room. big business has its place and won't let it do the capitalistic
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things they want to. but we need the government to get involved in some ways because if you don't you have the situation of nonprofits with half a billion in reference and making 100 million a year closing down critical access to people in this country, it's not right. >> not just in bell haven but all over the crup. >> it's a are national issue. >> the mayor of bells haven, north carolina, adam o'neil. >> thank you. >> standing up to make a difference, we'll follow that tuesday on "america tonight." >> i saw many individuals who were broken depressed, >> suicidal? >> very, very sick. >> the second largest school district in the nation, that teacher jail the los angeles unified school district, teachers accused of misconduct but some of those puzzling ,
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take a new look at news. >> and finally from us about. when all that glitters is not gold. the african nation of sudan, gold mining has brought in more than $4 billion in the last few years, that's important because sudan has lost twice that much since south sudan seceded. northern da, al jazeera's bernard smith reports. >> the ancient kingdom of kush
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are scattered throughout the desert. now a new gold rush is threatening to destroy what is left of the kush it's shitis. kushites. implements and jewelry more than 3,000 years old. >> you want really to control this, all this and to be supervising all kind of activities in such areas. such very interesting area for us. because all this places we call them the area between the nile and the red sea. and we live in ancient history that this area was like a crossroad. >> a million sudanese are involved in mining, producing
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90% of the u.s. gold. the prospectors are digging where the kushites once dug. more than 3,000 years ago, the kushites once ruled, they copied the idea from the pyramids from the fa pharaohs. there is concern that many sudannies do not appreciate thei sudannies. >> the gold miners, we're there and for sure they'll come again. >> the government in qatar has donated more than $120 million to renovate the national museum and fund a series of digs. the ministry of mining admits there are major problems and it told al jazeera that it hasn't
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developed the regulations needed to control tricialt mining. traditional mining. the ministry of mining needs to know how to manage the mining so the trish traditions are not ruined. bernard smith. al jazeera. >> you can join the conversation with us on twitter or at our facebook page. good night. we'll see you when we have more of "america tonight," tomorrow. >> a shocking america tonight investigative report... >> you take someones hopes and dreams of childhood, and then out right steal their money >> wishing to start a family >> we lost over $20,000 trying to do surrogacy in mexico >> but left with broken hearts and empty pockets
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