Remembering 9/11

9/11 was a traumatic day for all Americans, myself included. While I didn’t lose anyone I knew that day, we all lost a piece of ourselves. My experience of the event is complicated by the fact that I’m an Arab-American Muslim. All three pieces of that identity – the Arab, the American, and the Muslim – were profoundly effected by the events of that day.

Five or six years ago, I began writing about my experiences, and over the course of the next few years, revisited that piece, fine-tuning it into the memoir short that was published by Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. It felt appropriate to repost the link to the story, so here it is: Voices From The Corral.



  1. Samantha Paige says:

    This was a wonderful and touching memoir that I hope was an eye-opener for quite a few people. After 9/11 I prayed for strength and peace for the families that lost loved ones, the city of New York, and for all the Arab-Americans who were about to face an onslaught of racism. Thank you for this great story.

    • A.A. Leil says:

      Thank you Samantha, I’m glad to hear you found VFTC moving. Comments like yours make the effort I put into the story worthwhile.

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