“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.”
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. "
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.