September 19, 2021
General News

As an Afghan-Australian after 9/11, I watched my family mourn the loss of lives and brace for what was to come | Elly Kohistani

I was 10 years old when 9/11 happened. Growing up in Australia in an Afghan family where war, the threat of extremism and politics was part of dinner table discussions and everyday conversations, I distinctly recall chills running down my spine as the planes crashed into the towers.

Around this time was also when I had started reading Harry Potter, and the dichotomies of good and evil were ingrained in my mind. As a child of refugees who fled persecution, it was clear that the same evil that drove out my family from their homeland – in its various shapes and forms – had now reached the US, a place where my mother’s family resided, and we often visited. It was simple really: in the battle between good versus evil, evil never wins and the world would unite to ensure this kind of terror was only seen in movies or read in books. At least as a child reading Harry Potter, that’s…

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