It's been 5 years since the unthinkable happened. September 11th 2001 changed all our lives forever.
Where were you when it happened? How did you find out?
I had just arrived in the UK from NigeriaÂ on September 7th, getting ready to start my masters course. As usual, the sudden change in the weather had made me ill, so I was home with flu symtptoms. Watching TV, I was going through the channels on Sky, and when I got to the block of news channels, I was suprised to see that every single one of them was showing 'Breaking News' of some sort !! So I flicked over to CNN to see what was going on, saw the tower on fire, and listened as they described that a plane had 'hit' the tower. Less than a minute later, we all watched as the second tower was hit by another plane, and suddenly realised that this was no accident.
I sat in front of the TV all day, as news came in about an attack on the Pentagon, there were rumours and counter rumours all day. I was in shock, how could something this horrible have happened? How can you hate someone so much, someone you have never met, someone you have never interacted with, how can you justify the killing of innocents? I almost began to cry when I saw people jumping out of the buildings, to escape the heat, they preferred to die that way.
The next day, I went out to buy newspapers to read on the incident, and I think that was the day I 'discovered' that tabloids are not exactly the best source for news, I can still remember one headline that read "60,000 dead" with a picture ofÂ the burning towers as a backdrop.
So much has been said about Sept. 11, so many articles written, so many interviews, wars, etc. As far as I'm concerned, the cycle of violence has just gone round and round again. We need to sort out this hatred of the Western world, and find out what it is about the West that makes a man think that killing himself, and thousands of others in the process, will make the world a better place, because it obviously doesn't.