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This Muslim woman live streamed a Muslim Ban protest in sign language

Mental health professional Zaineb Abdullah wanted the #MuslimBan protests to be accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing
Zaineb Abdulla signs her interview with a protester Chicago's O'Hare Airport (screengrab)

Amid mass protests across the US over the weekend in response to Donald Trump’s "Muslim Ban", a mental health professional live streamed the demonstration taking place at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for Middle East Eye.

Zaineb Abdullah also translated the whole stream into sign language, from chants to interviews.

She told MEE she believed this could be the only live stream that was accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Describing her reason for attending the protest, Abdullah said: "My father came to this country from Iraq seeking asylum from dictatorship. If the #muslimban had existed back then, I would not be here today. I'm protesting at O'Hare on behalf of my refugee family who came to this country and did their bit to improve it."

Abdullah is vice president of the organisation Deaf Planet Soul (DFS), a non-profit in Chicago that works to empower people who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

She has also gone viral with videos she produced showing Muslim women who wear hijabs how to fight back if attacked. 

Teaming up with the Chicago Mixed Martial Arts group, Abdullah worked on providing "Hate Crime Survival Seminars" - a place for Muslim women to learn how to defend themselves against verbal and physical assaults.

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