KARACHI: How the world saw the US and how the US saw the world changed drastically upon September 11, 2001.
Two hijacked planes crashed into News York's World Trade Centre towers, resulting in the death of almost 3000 innocent Americans.
The attacked was owned by Al-Qaeda, which put Muslims around the world on map for racism, discrimination and abuse.
As 9/11 observes its 18th year, many have come forward with their accounts of the ill-fated day. Some recalled family and friends they lost, while others opened up on how they survived the massive debris that look over a large chunk of Manhattan as the towers fell.
Twitter lit up with #AfterSpetember11 stories and it was heart wrenching, to say the least.
If you haven't seen it, I recommend reading the tweets under the #AfterSeptember11 hashtag. Disturbing, but important, stories from the US from Muslims -- or people "suspected of being Muslim" -- about being harassed, insulted and physically attacked immediately after 9/11.— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) September 12, 2019
Here are few:
#afterseptember11 age 11 my best friend cried in the middle of gym because kids were being assholes and calling her a terrorist. Then a teacher called her out in the middle of class and shamed her interest in religion.— Abbi Burns-Cappel (@mrsaturtle) September 12, 2019
#afterseptember11 the Libyan restaurant & grocery where I worked rearranged the entire store to put the refrigerators against the front window to protect customers from people shooting at the store.— Wendy Trakes (@WendyTrakes) September 12, 2019
#afterseptember11 A “friend” started to ask people “Doesn’t he look like Bin Laden?” (Referring to me)— Ignacio Will Help Attack And Dethrone God (@DarkJono) September 12, 2019
#AfterSeptember11 my classmates never looked at me the same. On my eleventh birthday, September 10th, I was just a kid. By September 12th, I was a threat.— لی لی (@LilyBolourian) September 11, 2019
My father was bullied and harassed by his co-workers to the point where he tried to kill himself. My brother was beaten up at the tender age of 5.— Chicken Karahi (@queer_samosa) September 12, 2019
9/11 happened in USA but the impact was felt the world over #afterseptember11 https://t.co/06epPjXQ0p
#afterseptember11 my husband took his real first name and the fact that he speaks Arabic off his resume— Deanna (@angel60190) September 11, 2019
#afterseptember11 my brother came home from elementary school with two black eyes and food stains all over his clothes as a result of a food fight targeted towards him. He was 11 💔 https://t.co/3MZsaXtT44— Saima Misty (@saima_mistayy) September 13, 2019
Since we’re sharing our experiences, #afterseptember11 my second grade teacher tried to make me fail 2nd grade. and from k-2nd grade people used to literally come up to me a be like “my parents said we can’t be friends anymore because you’re different.”— Zahra Cried Power 💫 (@thelifeofzahra) September 12, 2019
#afterseptember11 I was 12 that day and started to make sure it was very clear that I was Puerto Rican and Black. Because too many classmates would tell me I “looked Muslim” or “looked like a a-rab” or even the parent of the boy I like said “you ain’t one of those a-Rabs right?” https://t.co/xe2urC7Lev— This.Is.Meg (@ThisIsMeg2) September 12, 2019
#afterseptember11 went home from preschool with my mom to find my father crying in the living room next to shattered glass from the window. his car's tires had been slashed too. it was the first time i saw both my parents cry. my mom and i moved out of new york the month after— NEVER FORGET 1984 🦁 BLACK LIVES MATTER (@adhillonn) September 13, 2019
Have you faced a similar ordeal after the attacks? Share it in the comments below.