It has been two years since US President Barack Obama travelled to the rural town of Joplin, in the US states of Missouri, after it was hit by a tornado.

Obama made many promises after the disaster that killed 161 people.

As unusual as it may sound, it was the president's growing military relationship with the United Arab Emirates that ended up helping Joplin to rebuild.

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports from Joplin, Missouri.

Source: Al Jazeera