Global Survivors Network Response to OBL death

Above all else, let’s make this a time of remembrance for those who have suffered at the hands of Al-Qaeda and its supporters.  Let us continue to speak truth to terror so that what happened to us, never happens again.”

Over the past few days, the world media has heavily covered the story of the death of Osama bin Laden, including the response of victims and survivors of various attacks.  While the event brought relief for some and closure for others, all those who are actively working towards countering violent extremism repeatedly remind us that the work is not done yet; the al-Qaeda network is not dead, and whereas Osama bin laden was the leader of Al-Qaeda central, the threats we face are not just from him. His followers, affiliates, partners, supporters, funders and people inspired by him are still determined to attack innocent civilians.

Several members of the GSN have been featured in the press and some of their responses are included below. More press coverage can be seen here.

Carie Lemack states:”Its not a day of celebration for me and my family;, its a day of remembrance. At the end of the day I’d like to focus on my mom and the nearly 3,000 others who were killed on September 11th and the thousands of others who’ve been killed at the hands of Al-Qaeda.  Their message and their story is one of hope and love and peace and that’s so much more powerful than Bin Laden’s message of hatred and violence.”

Ashraf Khaled states: “Our efforts must continue until we see a real end to this; it doesn’t depend on one person; they are a movement and they have a lot of followers. We have to fight this to the end.”

9/11 Family Statement on Osama bin Laden Death

Statement by Carie Lemack, founder of the Global Survivors Network on the death of Osama bin Laden, on May 1, 2011.

"While we are still in shock and need time to digest the news that we have waited far too long to hear, my family can only express relief that the man who murdered my mother, Judy Larocque and thousands others can no longer harm another living soul.  We hope that the attention of the news media is on those whose lives he took and to whom he caused immeasurable pain, and not on him, as he is not worthy of the airtime. "

Survivors Series: They Came And Asked…

Survivors Series: They Came And Asked…

This video was recently released by the Global Survivors Network.

 

Tahir Malik from Jenile Brooks, Global Survivors on Vimeo.

they came and asked
can you
take the time to
give voice to your feelings
and tell us on video
what is happening to you
since the day
you lost her
to an insane bomber?
for you perhaps
this is a matter
to talk about and tell
and glamorize death
suffering
pain
terror
but for those of the likes of us
these are real and intense
untellable
realities of life.
—————
but tell i must
for no other way
have i to
make sure that
her passing away
does not become a mere event
another statistic for 2009
not one of the 3021 “killed”
neither one of the “48% rise.”
but one living, breathing,
laughing, happy, human being
taken from us cruelly
brutally, callously
on october fifth of that year.
and i sat and looked the camera
in the lens and spoke
my heart out for the world to see
suffering, torment, stammering
up close and personal like it can be.
—————
and now it is done
the video made and released
seen by many
and commented on by some
gone around in cyberspace
each comment
bringing back
the pain and the angst
but with it the feeling
that perhaps
it was not in vain
and talking was a two way thing
venting feelings and making aware
people knowing how it is
giving voice to the thousands
whose feeling are pent up
deep in their bosoms and hearts
the will of a God of love
supreme and unequivocal
but not understood.

by Tahir Wadood Malik