After horror and anger, I remember thinking about the inadequacies of sympathy, and the increasing and legitimate fear felt by Muslims in Canada.

Later I remember reading the names of the people who were killed–Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane, and Azzedine Soufiane, and learning that seventeen children were now without their fathers. I remember trying to talk to a friend about the role that seemingly less violent expressions of Islamophobia play in acts like this, and wishing there were more nuanced, open, and humble public conversations to engage with and share.

Thank you for asking us to remember–I hope we will never forget.

#RememberJan29

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Mel Bervoets
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