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UNCOMMON BONDS: An Unlikely Friendship Between a 9/11 Family Member and A Detainee At Guantanamo

01:17:00

Feb 16, 2021 11:15 AM

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
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Speakers

Elizabeth Miller
Speaker @Peacefultomorro
On 9/11, I lost my father, firefighter Douglas Miller. Through the years, I had focused on his acts of bravery in responding to the attacks. I wanted to demonstrate similar acts of bravery in my own way. I decided to study the Middle East, and North Africa, Islam, and terrorism. I learned about September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (PT) after researching the complexity of trials at Guantánamo Bay. I have been in communication with a former prisoner who was innocent, and never charged. I decided to explore the injustice further. I was so happy when I was told about PT, who acts as a leader, promoting peace and understanding in the face of tragedy. My education helped show me that I wanted to spread messages of forgiveness, and understanding, emphasizing that the terrible attacks were the actions of few, not the many. I would like to continue and raise awareness and focus about the beautiful and positive religious and cultural practices in the Middle East, and North Africa.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Speaker, Author
Mohamedou Ould Slahi is a Mauritanian who was detained at Guantánamo Bay detention camp without charge from 2002 until his release on October 17, 2016. Slahi wrote a memoir in 2005 while imprisoned, which the U.S. government declassified in 2012 with numerous redactions. The memoir was published as Guantánamo Diary in January 2015. Slahi wrote four other books whilst in detention, one of which he describes as being "about finding happiness in a hopeless place." A film based on his diary, The Mauritanian, will be released this month.
Colleen Kelly
Moderator @Peacefultomorro
Colleen Kelly is a co-founder of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and currently serves as the chair of its Rule of Law Committee.