Woman Remembers Trying To Understand Attacks
GUY RAZ, Host:
Throughout the program today, we'll hear voices of people reflecting on 9/11.
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RAZ: We'll start with Laila Alawa. She was born in Denmark. On September 11, 2001, she was just 10 years old.
LAILA ALAWA: We lived in a small town in upstate New York. And when I first heard it and I turned on the TV, I didn't understand what was going on. I had actually visited the World Trade Center a couple years before, and I'd gone all the way to the top. And so, I couldn't comprehend that someone would actually do that. And I guess that was a moment that I truly felt American.
But I just remember, like, in the weeks afterwards when they came out with the information that the perpetrator behind the attacks, Osama bin Laden, when they said he was a Muslim, I went into shock because, you know, I am Muslim, so I didn't know how to put the two together. That someone who says they're Muslim is hurting people who are American. And I think my whole family, we were kind of just trying to understand that, both on the day of and in the weeks that followed.
RAZ: Laila Alawa. She now lives in New Hampshire. You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.
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