When terror strikes the family of a terrorism reporter
By Souad Mekhennet June 9 at 7:00 AM
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The world is not facing a clash of civilizations or cultures, but a clash between those who want to build bridges and those who would rather see the world in polarities, who are working hard to spread hatred and divide us. While the work of the bridge builders is certainly difficult, there are people in every generation who live their beliefs and who are willing and able to seek out common ground. I was lucky enough to have the examples of my parents and grandparents to show me what is possible.
If I’ve learned anything, it’s this: a mother’s screams over the body of her murdered child sound the same, no matter if she is black, brown, or white; Muslim, Jewish, or Christian; Shia or Sunni.
We will all be buried in the same ground.
Excerpted from I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, by Souad Mekhennet
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A powerful reminder of the cost of prejudice, religious extremism, and forgetting that “we are all fingers on the same hand”.
‘In all things social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.’ — Booker T. Washington
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