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15. November 2011

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Edit Schlaffer, Aicha el-Wafi and Abdul Haqq Baker

Can Mothers Stop Terrorism?

A SAVE discussion at the Paley Center in New York

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 Women without Borders/SAVE hosted a panel discussion entitled Can Mothers Stop Terrorism? at the Paley Center for Media in New York, featuring Aicha el-Wafi and Abdul Haqq Baker. The event was moderated by Paley Center CEO and President, Pat Mitchell, and included remarks from Edit Schlaffer. 

Aicha el-Wafi is the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui , the only person ever to be tried in a US court on charges of having been involved in the September 11 attacks. Since her son’s arrest and imprisonment Aicha has spoken out against all forms of violent extremism, and encouraged mothers to combat radicalization in their families and communities. Abdul Haqq Baker is the former Imam of the Brixton Mosque in London, which Zacarias attended while in university in England. It was during this time period that he first became radicalized. 

The conversation provided Aicha with the opportunity to meet face-to-face for the first time with Haqq Baker, and ask questions of one of the men who watched her son’s descent into extremism, seeking answers to the powerful question of “what went wrong.” Both Aicha and Haqq Baker sent a strong message to mothers around the world that they can and should be the first line of defense against the ideologies of violent extremism. 

Watch this short film on the event:


 
 

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