My students- Layla is on the Right End.
My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, knew those who perished, or was involved with 911. But I guess we were ALL involved with 911, it not only affected those directly involved but it involved us as a nation. It involved our trust issues and brought back prejudice on such a high scale that some of us aren’t even sure to this day if we should trust ANYONE from the Middle East.
My view is that you can go on trusting just do so with discretion. And it’s too bad that it has to be like that. My story is a little different.
I was in Iran on 9/11. On 9/12 I was taken as a prisoner and held captive in a POW type camp in the hills of Iran. As far as I can guess we were held as leverage in case the USA decided to retaliate against the Middle East. People who knew or were related to Americans were put into these camp. I was raped, beaten and tortured for six weeks. When I arrived home in November 2001 I weighed 70 pounds, had traumatic brain injury and most of my teeth had been knocked out.
What I’m about to say is crazy, but I don’t hate Muslims or Middle Easterners. God knows I’ve tried and people can’t understand why, I don’t understand why. I guess there were a couple years in Iran when I first moved there that were GREAT YEARS. Not with my Iranian husband but with girls that I taught English to. They weren’t just students they were my friends too. Aged 10-19, these girls trusted me, so they would ask me questions about the USA, boys and religion. Each day after class we’d sit down and just talk and they knew what they told me or asked I wouldn’t tell their parents. We became so close and they were the ones who helped get me through Iran while I was kept there since my husband wouldn’t give his written permission to let me leave the country. So I really enjoyed these girls and respect what they have to endure on a daily basis. So I guess in my mind how can I hate a country or faith that these girls and others like them are a part of. There are FANATICS in all religions, and those are the ones we have to fear. Layla one of my students was killed in her fathers swimming pool for not being a virgin on her wedding night. I quit teaching soon after that.
I only wish the best for the survivors of this tragedy, but in reality we are all survivors and we are here today due to our choices in life.
Thank you for listening. God Bless all!